It’s a grey evening at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers are set to start the third game of a four game series, thus far tied one game apiece.
Johnny Cueto (5.25) will toe the rubber for San Francisco in his first start since losing to the Colorado Rockies. In that game, Cueto allowed all six Colorado runs in five innings of work, while striking out just one batter. Prior to the loss, Cueto had been the Giants winningest pitcher, and he’ll look to rediscover that form in his first start of the year against LA. Historically, Cueto has pitched well against the Blue Crew. Last year he owned a 3-1 record, a 2.67 ERA in five starts. Zooming in further, he was spectacular in his last four starts against LA. During those games he accumulated an ERA of just 1.35 and held Dodger batters to a .188 average.
Opposing him will be lefty Alex Wood. Wood has seen limited innings during his time on the Dodger rotation, where he is subbing for the injured Rich Hill. Wood has thrown just 8 1/3 innings as a starter this season, and has collected a 5.40 ERA in that time. The last time he got a start at AT&T Park was April 2016. In that game, Wood allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings of work. He took the loss.
The Giants will be without their star shortstop Brandon Crawford, who went on the Bereavement List following last night’s game. It was unclear whether the Giants would place Crawford on the BL prior to the game, however, the Gold Glover strained his groin rounding first and left the game shortly thereafter, thus the Giants elected to place him on the BL and recall infielder Kelby Tomlinson. Crawford will not be in the dugout tonight given that he is attending to family matters following the unexpected death of his sister in law, Jennifer Pippin.
“We’re just a little short there at the end with players, and with the injuries we’re dealing with,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy,l following last night’s game. “Those little things probably caught up with us at the end.
The Giants also purchased the contract of outfielder Michael Morse to replace holes left by injured outfielders Denard Span and Jarrett Parker. Morse hit a ball four feet left of the Coke bottle that sits five hundred feet from home plate during batting practice. He is not in the starting lineup.