Giants’ Anthony DeSclafani tries to solve the Dodgers again
Posted On July 22, 2021
San Francisco Giants right-hander Anthony DeSclafani would likely have made his first all-team all-star this season without the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 31-year-old veteran is 0-2 with a 10.95 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season. He is 10-2 with a 1.78 ERA against all other opponents.
DeSclafani (10-4, 2.78 ERA) will have another shot at understanding the Dodgers when he wins the mound in Thursday night’s four-game series final at Dodger Stadium.
“They’re definitely aggressive against me, without a doubt,” DeSclafani said after his last start against the Dodgers on June 28, when he allowed three runs on five hits in five innings in a 3-2 loss.
DeSclafani will face fellow right-hander Walker Buehler, who was selected to the NL All-Star team after an impressive first half that included a 2-0 record and a 0.92 ERA in three starts against the Giants .
Buehler has been sharp against San Francisco throughout his career, going 6-0 and 2.17 ERA in 10 careers (eight starts).
Buehler (10-1, 2.37 ERA) started the second half the same way he went the first, limiting the Colorado Rockies to two runs and four hits in seven innings of a 9- win. 2 in Denver Saturday.
Buehler struck out the last 13 batters he faced, including six strikeouts.
“There’s an expectation for the guys who are in (the rotation) to go deep, and that’s one of my priorities,” said Buehler.
After the Giants won the first game of the series 7-2 on Monday, the last two games were settled in a dramatic fashion.
Will Smith hit a three-run homer to take the Dodgers to an 8-6 win on Tuesday, and Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lead the Giants to a 4-2 win on Wednesday.
The latest result put the Giants, who won first place, ahead of the Dodgers for second place in the NL West. San Francisco has been at the top of the division since May 31.
“We have to find a way to save a series,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Wednesday’s loss.
Expect the Dodgers to continue to be aggressive with their swings.
Chris Taylor has hit three home runs in the last two games while hitting first in place of Mookie Betts, who has been limited to one appearance in the past four games due to a hip pointer right.
Taylor scored twice on Tuesday night before Smith landed his save.
Max Muncy and Justin Turner represented both races in Los Angeles on Monday night with back-to-back home runs in the first round.
Turner was out of the starting lineup Wednesday after being hit in the left knee by a pitch the night before, but he pinched in the ninth and flew away.
DeSclafani felt the sting of the long ball in his last outing against the Dodgers, who scored their three runs on solo homers from Betts, Muncy and Smith.
“They obviously put three really good shots on the ball, and it ended up hurting me,” DeSclafani said at the time. “But if you make good throws, it can also lead to really quick outs.”
In his career against Los Angeles, DeSclafani is 1-7 with a 6.32 ERA in nine starts.
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