clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

More low-scoring, close games for the Dodgers in San Francisco

New, 36 comments
MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The first two games of this series between the Dodgers and Giants have had the same score, with the teams trading 2-1 victories. The low score is nothing new for these two teams at AT&T Park.

The Dodgers’ struggles in San Francisco have been well covered the last couple days, but a reminder: LA is 5-17 on the road against the Giants since the start of 2015, and have averaged just 2.32 runs per game.

But the games have been low-scoring in general, and mostly close affairs. The Dodgers and Giants have combined for five or fewer runs in 15 of their last 22 games at AT&T Park, and 11 of the 22 contests have been decided by one run.

The Dodgers are 4-7 in those one-run games.

Since the start of 2015, the Dodgers and Giants have combined to average 6.27 runs per game in San Francisco. By contrast, their games in Los Angeles during that span have averaged 7.61 runs, with the Dodgers winning 12 of 18 games at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto gets the start for the Giants on Wednesday night, a sign that we are in store for another low-scoring game. The Dodgers scored five runs in the first inning against Cueto in their first game against him last year, on Apr. 10 — in San Francisco, no less.

But Cueto settled down and eventually won that start, lasting seven innings. After those five first-inning runs, Cueto allowed five runs to the Dodgers the rest of the year, over 32⅔ innings.

Alex Wood gets the start for the Dodgers, his third of the year. He has topped out at 4⅔ innings so far in 2017, but the Dodgers are working on a string of deep outings from their starters. Brandon McCarthy (seven innings), Hyun-jin Ryu (six) and Clayton Kershaw (seven) the last three days have given the Dodgers three straight starts of six innings or more for the first time since last Sept. 3-5.

The last time the club has had a streak longer was Apr. 26-29, 2016, a four-game streak ended by a seven-inning start from Wood.

Game info

Time: 7:15 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network