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6:05 PM PT7:05 PM MT8:05 PM CT9:05 PM ET21:05 ET1:05 GMT9:05 6:05 PM MST8:05 PM EST8:35 PM VEN5:05 UAE (+1)7:05 PM CT, September 4, 2021
Oracle Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 41,146

Dodgers turn to Julio Urias in rematch vs. Giants

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Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

  1. Both teams come with identical records, tied for the best record in baseball. Both teams are also 8-8 against each other with both teams scoring exactly 68 runs.
  2. The Dodgers are 20-4 in their last 24 games. They have also won 10 of their last 11 road games including six straight. They have a team ERA of 3.01 and have not finished a regular season below 3.00 since 1989.
  3. The Giants fell into second place in the division for the first time since May 30 after Wednesday, but are now back to a co-lead after a win yesterday versus the Brewers. San Francisco has lost five of their last seven games after losing just five in their previous 24 games.
  4. Max Muncy was 4-for-12 (.333) with two home runs in the three-game sweep of the Braves. He now has 30 home runs for the third time of his career. He is hitting .327 (18/55) this season against the Giants and has eight home runs in the 16 games.
  5. Austin Slater went 2-for-4 yesterday for his first hits since August 15. He was 0-for-16 from August 16 to September 1. He is hitting .393 (11/28) in 11 games against the Dodgers this season.
  6. David Price has a 4.42 ERA but a .201 opponent batting average after the All-Star break, compared to a 3.23 ERA and a .328 opponent batting average prior. Anthony DeSclafani is 1-8 in his 11 career starts against the Dodgers with his lone win coming in his first start of his major league career on May 14, 2014.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/3/2021 thru 9/5/2021

The San Francisco Giants hold an edge in the standings, but the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers will have the advantage in starting pitchers Saturday night when the National League West rivals continue their high-stakes series.

In a game that featured 17 pitchers and each team making a backs-to-the-wall comeback, the Giants (86-49) secured a one-game lead over the Dodgers (85-50) atop the division with a 3-2 win in 11 innings in the series opener Friday.

Los Angeles was forced to turn the contest into a bullpen game after scheduled starter David Price was scratched due to shoulder pain.

Fortunately for the Dodgers, they'll have major-league wins leader Julio Urias (15-3, 3.17 ERA) available for Saturday's rematch. The Giants, in turn, are scrambling for a starter.

A wild series opener included Dodgers ace Walker Buehler pinch running and scoring the go-ahead run in the 10th inning. Los Angeles later was forced to let its last available pitcher -- Evan Phillips -- bat in a crucial situation in the 11th.

The game ended with Dodgers catcher Will Smith making his major-league debut at first base, and the Giants prepared to use their top pitcher, Logan Webb, in the outfield had the game gone to a 12th inning.

Smith was involved in the final play of the game, when he pulled his foot off first base in order to catch Trea Turner's high throw with two outs and the bases loaded. When he couldn't reach back for the base in time, Buster Posey was ruled safe at first and Brandon Belt scored to end the game. Turner was charged with an error.

San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler left the park with a win but was unable or unwilling to announce his starting pitcher for Saturday. The slot was left vacant by Alex Wood's recent positive COVID-19 test and Johnny Cueto's sore arm.

Regardless of who starts Saturday for the Giants, that pitcher figures to be supported by a home crowd the manager labeled as the loudest of the season on Friday night.

Agreeing was veteran shortstop Brandon Crawford, who singled in the tying run in the 10th inning and threw out a potential Dodgers go-ahead run at the plate in the 11th.

"It looked like a full house," Crawford said of a season-best home crowd of 39,338. "It was great to get it packed in here again. It was pretty loud all night, so that was great."

Urias will take the mound riding an 11-game unbeaten streak dating to June 21. He's gone 6-0 with a 2.01 ERA over that span, with the Dodgers winning nine of those 11 games.

The 25-year-old left-hander has started four games against the Giants this season, going 1-1 with a 3.80 ERA. He has faced them 19 times in his career, 13 times as a starter, going 1-3 with a 2.69 ERA.

Urias hasn't pitched into the seventh inning in any of his last six starts, which could be problematic this time with the Dodgers having used every available reliever in Friday's loss.

The good news for Los Angeles is that none of them pitched more than two innings.

Coincidentally, the bullpen circus came hours after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said his team was getting close to welcoming back Clayton Kershaw.

The three-time NL Cy Young Award recipient has been out since July 3 with discomfort in his forearm.

"The next step for Clayton will be to throw a (bullpen session) on Sunday," Roberts announced before Friday's game. "Once he gets through that, we'll figure out where he goes on a rehab assignment, which would be either Tuesday or Wednesday. After he gets through that -- we would assume healthy and all goes well -- then the next outing will be with us."

The Dodgers have Buehler set for the series finale on Sunday. The Giants, who have used their top three healthy pitchers in the last three games, again are undecided.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 4, 2021

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