Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers look for their second straight victory Wednesday night as they host Matt Cain and the Giants in the first of a two-game series at Dodger Stadium. This is the third series between the two teams this season, with the home team winning each of the first two series. Both starting pitchers tonight have long scoreless inning streaks against their rivals.
Kershaw hasn't allowed a run to the Giants in any of his last three starts against them, and has a scoreless streak against San Francisco of 23 2/3 innings, dating back to last season. In his career, Kershaw is 3-1 against the Giants with a 1.07 ERA in seven starts. This season, Kershaw beat the Giants with seven scoreless innings on opening day, then pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings on April 11 in San Francisco.
Cain pitched six scoreless innings in a win at Dodger Stadium on April 2, and has a scoreless streak against the Dodgers of 16 innings, dating back to 2010. In three of his last four starts against Los Angeles, Cain has allowed no runs, collecting three wins. Cain is 3-2 this season with a 3.22 ERA in eight starts.
The Dodgers have won four of the seven meetings with the Giants this season, taking three of four at Dodger Stadium. In their last six games, the Dodgers have scored just 11 runs, but have allowed 10. They are 3-3 in those six games.
Before the game tonight, the Dodgers will show a public service announcement at Dodger Stadium featuring Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaregosa, a family of Giants fans, and a family of Dodgers fans, encouraging civility among fans. In addition, the Dodgers will be collecting donations for The Bryan Stow Fund during the game.
Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.