Punchless Dodgers Shutout By Giants In Series Opener

The Dodgers are 4-6 against the Giants this season.

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Dodgers Shutout By Vogelsong, Giants In Opener, 5-0

A four-run sixth inning by the Giants chased Chad Billingsley, and put the game out of reach, as the Dodgers fell 5-0 in the opener of a three-game series at AT&T Park Monday night. It was the third straight loss for the Dodgers, who have scored three runs during that span. Ryan Vogelsong pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings for the win for San Francisco.

Pablo Sandoval got a pitch near his eyes in the fourth inning, and saw it go all the way out of the park in right center field, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. Then, four singles and a double in a six-batter span to open the sixth inning ended Billingsley's night early, and plated four more runs. "Bills was really throwing the ball good early," manager Don Mattingly said after the game. "He ran into some trouble in the sixth, and just didn't seem to be able to get out of it."

The Dodgers won four of their first five meetings with the Giants this season, but have lost their last five encounters. The Dodgers are now a season-worst 13½ games behind the Giants in the National League West. Vogelsong, at 98 innings, now qualifies for the leaderboard, and he leads the National League with a 2.02 ERA.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Giants: Monday Starting Lineups

The Dodgers look to snap a two-game losing streak Monday night as they open up a three-game series with the Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Chad Billingsley starts on the mound for the Dodgers in the opener, against Ryan Vogelsong for the Giants. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Dodgers (42-53)

Furcal SS
Miles 2B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Rivera LF
Loney 1B
Uribe 3B
Barajas C
Billingsley P

Giants (55-41)

Torres CF
Fontenot 2B
Sandoval 3B
Schierholtz RF
Huff 1B
Ross LF
Tejada SS
Stewart C
Vogelsong P

Tonight's 7:15 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Clayton Kershaw Vs. Tim Lincecum (Wednesday) Highlight Dodgers, Giants Series Pitching Matchups

The Dodgers and Giants renew their rivalry for three games beginning Monday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco. With the ballpark, the offenses (Dodgers and Giants are 14th & 15th, respectively, in the NL in runs per game), and these pitching staffs, expect a low-scoring series. Here are the pitching matchups:

Tonight - Chad Billingsley (8-7, 3.87 ERA, 3.42 FIP) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (6-1, 2.17, 3.73)

See tonight's game preview here.

Tuesday - Rubby De La Rosa (3-4, 3.74, 3.63) vs. Madison Bumgarner (4-9, 3.74, 2.46)

The rookie De La Rosa has been stellar of late, allowing four runs in his last three starts, and taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning in one start, then into the fifth inning in his last start. After getting bombed by the Twins (eight runs, one out recorded), Bumgarner has a 2.73 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings, and the Giants have won all four starts.

Wednesday - Clayton Kershaw (10-4, 2.88, 2.51) vs. Tim Lincecum (8-7, 2.99, 2.70)

The series finale gives us the best pitching matchup of the series. Unfortunately, the game is a day game so many will miss it while at work.

Tonight's 7:15 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Open Three Game Series Against Giants In San Francisco

The Dodgers open up a three-game series Monday night against the National League West division-leading Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Chad Billingsley gets the call for the Dodgers in the opener, against All-Star Ryan Vogelsong for the Giants. The strange thing is, Vogelsong could have been a Dodger this winter. Per Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle:

The Giants didn't call Vogelsong right away. The Dodgers did, and made him an offer. Vogelsong asked [Giants' minor league catching instructor Guillermo] Rodriguez to contact the Giants again and relay this message, in essence: I don't want to be a Dodger. I am a Giant. If you want me, I'll sign for whatever you want to pay me.

Vogelsong, who hadn't pitched in the majors since 2006, is 6-1 with a 2.17 ERA in 16 games (14 starts) for the Giants this season. His peripherals have been solid as well, though maybe not "2.17 ERA" solid (3.77 tERA, 3.88 SIERA, 3.62 FIP, 3.76 xFIP, per FanGraphs).

Billingsley hasn't pitched since July 8, thanks to the All-Star break and a rotation shuffle by manager Don Mattingly. Billingsley has pitched eight innings in each of his last two starts, the first time in his career he has done that back-to-back, and over his last four starts has allowed four total runs, good for a 1.32 ERA with nine unintentional walks and 20 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers are 4-5 against the Giants this season.

Tonight's 7:15 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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