Dodgers vs Giants Pre-Game: Battle of Southpaws, with two games left

The Los Angeles Dodgers stay alive for another day, beating the San Francisco Giants last night 3-2 with a walk-off single from Elian Herrera in the bottom of the ninth.

It was the sixth win in a row for the Dodgers, who with one more loss could be eliminated from playoff contention.

A win by the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday keeps the Dodgers two games out of the final wild-card spot, so they will need some help from the Cincinnati Reds, who play the Cardinals on these final two days of the season.

It has been fun to watch this Dodgers team regardless of what ends up happening, especially this last week when they haven’t given up, and are playing with the Dodger pride that has made this one of the most storied franchises in all of sports.

Tonight’s pitching match-up will be a battle between two lefties, Chris Capuano against Barry Zito.

Zito has actually had one of his best seasons as a member of the Giants, posting a 14-8 record with a 4.19 ERA in 31 starts this season. He has been a huge boost for an already dominant pitching staff and will be going for his fifth consecutive win tonight.

The winning streak started back on August 9 against the Dodgers, when he pitched 6.1 innings, allowing four hits, zero runs, and struck out four.

In his career against the Dodgers Zito has an 8-10 record with a 3.74 ERA.

Capuano finally won a game in his last time out against the San Diego Padres, after going a month and a half without winning a start.

He has a 12-11 record with a 3.69 ERA on the season, only three of those wins coming after the all-star break. The second half of the season has been tough on Capuano, but a win would be a nice way to go out.

In his last three starts he is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA.

The career numbers for Capuano against the Giants aren’t anything to look forward to, posting a 1-6 record with a 5.21 ERA against them.

San Francisco Giants (93-67) at Los Angeles Dodgers (85-75)
Barry Zito (14-8, 4.19) vs. Chris Capuano (12-11, 3.69)
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
7:10 p.m. PST, October 2, 2012
Radio: 570 AM (English), 1020 AM (Spanish)
Game-Time Weather: 82 degrees, Mostly Clear

Giants Projected Starters:
P: Barry Zito
C: Buster Posey
1B: Brandon Belt
2B: Marco Scutaro
SS: Brandon Crawford
3B: Pablo Sandoval
LF: Xavier Nady
CF: Angel Pagan
RF: Hunter Pence

Key Bench Players: 2B Ryan Theriot, UT Joaquin Arias

Keys to a Dodger Victory

Keep Fighting: The Dodgers need to focus on what’s in front of them, which is the San Francisco Giants. They can’t control what is going on in the St. Louis Cardinals game, and need to take care of the Giants first. If they continue to play with the fight and pride that they have been, things just might fall into place for the Boys in Blue. This has been a rollercoaster of a season and I’m sure I’m not the only one who wouldn’t mind extending this journey a little bit longer.