The best team in the NL West, the Los Angeles Dodgers, is looking to win a series deciding game three in San Francisco this evening against the suddenly resurgent Giants. The Dodgers, who secured a 5-3 win last night with ace Chad Billingsley on the hill, will have to get past Tim Lincecum to lock up their fifth series of the 2009 season. The first pitch is scheduled for 10:15pm ET at AT&T Park.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants Baseball Predictions at SBGglobal.com have the Giants listed as a -144 moneyline favorite.
Los Angeles improved to 14-7 overall and 8-7 in road action with yesterday's win. They are in first place in the NL West with a 2.5 game lead over the second place Padres. The Giants fell to 9-10 and are in third place in the division standings, four games back of Los Angeles.
The Dodgers had nine hits last night, but it was timely hitting by Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp in the ninth that allowed LA to break a 3-3 tie. Ethier hit a double that drove Manny Ramirez home and then Kemp sent Ethier across the plate by smashing a triple to deep right center. Ramirez also had a great night, going 3-for-3 and drawing two walks.
Starter Chad Billingsley continued his great play as he gave up just two earned runs in 7.1 innings of work.
San Francisco got a solid outing from Jonathan Sanchez (five innings, three hits, zero earned runs), but could not capitalize on it due to their inability to hit Billingsley.
Veteran left-hander Eric Stults will handle the starting pitching duties for the Dodgers tonight. The Indiana native is 2-0 this year in three starts with a 3.52 ERA. He has pitched 15.1 innings and given up 16 hits and six earned runs. The Dodgers have won all three of his appearances this season.
The Giants will send their staff ace, Tim Lincecum, to the bump this evening. Lincecum is 1-1 this season after four starts and he has amassed a 2.96 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP. The 24 year old has worked a total 24.1 innings, giving up 24 hits and eight earned runs. He has struck out 35 and walked just seven batters.
Los Angeles Dodgers +1.5 (-175), Over 7.5 (-120), +124 (Moneyline)
San Francisco Giants -1.5 (+155), Under 7.5 (+100), -144 (Moneyline)
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