Home Cooking Doesn't Taste Any Better: Dodgers Drop Fifth Straight Game

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Dodgers Lose 5-2 To Giants

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Nate Schierholtz’s two-run homer in the fourth inning proved to be the difference, as the San Francisco Giants held off the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-2, in the opener of a three-game series between these two NL West rivals.

Freddy Sanchez, Pablo Sandoval, and Buster Posey each had an RBI for the Giants, who have won six of seven.

Madison Bumgarner (3-2) lasted 5 2/3 frames, allowing two runs — one earned — on six hits to win his third straight start. He also fanned three batters and walked two. Brian Wilson picked up his 26th save of the season.

Rafael Furcal hit a solo homer for the Dodgers, who have dropped five in a row. Matt Kemp drove in the other run.

Manny Ramirez will have his second MRI on his right calf in less than a week, per Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles:

“He felt a little better [Sunday],” Torre said. “But he felt it a little bit when he was out there running. We’ll just take another look and see.”

James McDonald (0-1), who was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque prior to the game, gave up four runs on nine hits in a five-inning start. He also struck out five and walked two in his first appearance of the year for Los Angeles. McDonald went 6-1 with a 4.41 earned run average in 12 starts for the Isotopes this season.

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Broxton Unavailable Tonight; Might Be Tomorrow, Too

After throwing 44 pitches on Sunday against the Cardinals, it is no surprise that Jonathan Broxton won’t be called upon tonight by manager Joe Torre. Per Jimmy Bramlett of LAist:

Broxton definitely out tonight and most likely not pitching tomorrow.

Bramlett also reported that outfielder Reed Johnson is not likely to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday when he is first eligible:

As for Reed Johnson, "we’re probably a little ways away with him," Torre said. "We’ll probably going to have to rehab him a little bit. Chances are he probably won’t reach Saturday which is the day is eligible [to come off the 15-day disabled list.]"

In other news, George Sherrill has cleared waivers, writes Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles, but doesn’t appear to be headed anywhere anytime soon:

“George Sherrill doesn’t have a situation,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said when asked about Sherrill’s situation before Monday night’s game with the San Francisco Giants. “He is still in our bullpen.”

Because he has over five years of major league service time, Sherrill must consent to any minor league assignment.

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Tonight's Dodgers-Giants Lineups: Jamey Carroll Adds A Glove

Here are tonight’s lineups:

Giants
Torres CF
Sanchez 2B
Huff LF
Posey C
Sandoval 3B
Uribe SS
Ishikawa 1B
Schierholtz RF
Bumgarner P

Before the game, the Giants announced a roster move:

Giants have recalled Eugenio Velez from triple-A and have optioned Joe Martinez to Fresno.

Dodgers
Furcal SS
Carroll LF
Ethier RF
Blake 3B
Loney 1B
Kemp CF
Belliard 2B
Martin C
McDonald P

James McDonald was officially recalled from Triple A Albuquerque before the game. Jamey Carroll is playing the outfield for the first time this season.

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Dodgers Open Seven-Game Homestand With Giants

(Sports Network) - After getting swept in four games at St. Louis over the weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers are back at home and will try to regroup in tonight's opener of a three-game set versus the NL West-rival San Francisco Giants at Chavez Ravine.

Pitching and scoring runs is what usually propels teams to victory. The Dodgers did none of that against the Cardinals, but did show signs of hope in a 5-4 loss Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium. With the Dodgers clinging to a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth, closer Jonathan Broxton gave up four hits and a pair of runs with two outs to absorb the loss. Allen Craig and Matt Holliday lifted the home team to victory with back-to-back RBI singles.

"I got myself in bad counts and walked guys," Broxton said.

Vicente Padilla started for LA and did his part with six shutout innings, while Travis Schlichting gave up two runs before Justin Miller permitted another in relief. Broxton then tossed the final 1 1/3 frames.

Matt Kemp, Garret Anderson and Padilla each drove in a run for the Dodgers, who are 5 1/2 games behind San Diego for bragging rights in the competitive National League West Division. Los Angeles will also host the New York Mets for four games on this residency.

The Dodgers are expected to call up right-handed pitcher James McDonald from Triple-A Albuquerque for tonight's start. McDonald is 6-1 with a 4.41 earned run average in 12 starts for the Isotopes this season and is expected to make his fifth career start tonight. In 45 games (4 starts) for LA last season, McDonald went 5-5 with a 4.00 ERA.

McDonald has faced San Francisco seven times in relief, going 0-0 with a 1.93 ERA over 9 1/3 innings of work.

Meanwhile, the Giants were aiming for their sixth straight win and a three- game sweep of the New York Mets before suffering a 4-3 setback in 10 innings on Sunday. Closer Brian Wilson gave up the go-ahead RBI double to Ike Davis in the top of the 10th and suffered the loss after the Giants failed to produce any runs in the home half.

Travis Ishikawa tied the game off Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez with a pinch-hit two-run single in the bottom of the ninth and Buster Posey knocked in the other run for the Giants, who lost for only the second time in 11 tries and fell 4 1/2 games off the lead in the NL West.

"This club's been resilient. We showed it last road trip and now we have to bounce back from this one," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said on the team's site. "This was a tough one. This is one we had and I feel for those guys because they battled hard. But we've got to be ready to go [Monday] and we know we have to play better in our division and put this behind us."

Jonathan Sanchez started for Bochy's club yesterday and did not record a decision for hurling seven innings of two-run ball. The Giants, who will host Arizona for four games by the Bay on this homestand, are expected to send young pitching prospect Madison Bumgarner to the mound Monday night.

Bumgarner is 2-2 with a 2.57 earned run average in four starts this season and has won back-to-back starts. In a 6-2 win at Washington the previous time out on July 11, he held the Nationals to one run on seven hits in six innings. The lefty faced the Dodgers once in relief during a 12-1 road loss on September 19 last season and struck out a pair of batters.

Los Angeles has won five of the first six matchups with San Francisco this season and is riding a four-game winning streak in the series. The Dodgers swept the Giants in three games by the Bay from June 28-30 and have won 11 of the past 15 meeting between the ballclubs.

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