Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 2.08) vs. Ashley Bumgarner (0-1, 9.00).
Security will be tighter than Fort Knox today at the Big Phone Park, which I can only guess is due to the much-ballyhooed return of Juan Uribe and his vaunted .111 batting average to San Francisco. Man, they must miss him. (In fact, so do we.)
In all seriousness, tonight's game will collect funds for Bryan Stow at the gate, augmenting the Dodgers' efforts held today at the Stadium. I know it's not July yet, but let's stay safe and sane up there tonight, okay?
Meanwhile, we've got a hell of a pitching matchup: the Dodgers throw the Minotaur, who took the loss in his second outing but still has two quality starts and 17 Ks on the year, versus Bumgarner, who lasted three innings against the Padres and gave up 5 H, 3 BB, and 3 ER. And the best way for the Dodgers to subside the anxieties of what will be an amped-up Giants crowd will be for Kershaw to come out gunning, hoping that the offense can pick up the pace a bit (and bounce Bumgarner early). I'm expecting Crete things from the Minotaur (and friends) tonight.