8/23, 7p: Kenta Maeda (12-7, 3.29) vs. Ashley Madison (12-7, 2.25)
DODGERS 9, GIANTS 5 Toles, Segedin both get their second HRs
8/24, 7p: the mythical Rich Hill (9-3, 2.25--IF he actually exists) vs. Johnny Cueto (14-3, 2.90)
DODGERS 1, GIANTS 0 Turner solo HR; Rich Hill done good (6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 3 Ks, 0 BB)
TBD Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.04) vs. Matt Moore (7-10, 4.18)
GIANTS 4, DODGERS 0 Matt Moore fell short of a complete-game shutout. That's all the history books will say.
The Dodgers enter this series with a meager one-game lead over the Giants in the NL West, yet our playoff odds are 94% vs. only 78% for our opponents. (We also have a 8.1% WS win percentage; SF has a 3.0% projection.) Looking at our starters for this series, however, you can't feel good about those playoff odds, especially with two of our three named starters currently sitting in the "vaporware" category.
But who knows, maybe the offense will pick up from yesterday's pummeling of the Reds. But just in case it goes pear-shaped and we get bludgeoned at home, the Dodgers have wisely scheduled a Health Care Appreciation Night on Wednesday (in between Dodgers headphones and Corey Seager bobblehead giveaways), just to make sure that medics will be on staff.
Now let's go get some giants.
UPDATE 8/24: I'm usually not a fan of reporters making themselves the story, but if it's about slumping Giants, I can make an exception. Dylan Hernandez of the LAT caused the Giants' downward spiral, according to Brandon Belt.