Major League Baseball
Preview
San Francisco at LA Dodgers
When: 10:10 PM ET, Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen has fallen to pieces without closer Kenley Jansen, who landed on the disabled list last week with an irregular heartbeat but hopes to return by the end of the month. The Dodgers look to bounce back from another bullpen meltdown when they continue their three-game series against the visiting San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

Manager Dave Roberts saw his team drop its fourth straight on Monday as Scott Alexander allowed four runs in the ninth inning en route to a 5-2 setback. Justin Turner homered in the loss and is 13-for-30 during his eight-game hitting streak for the Dodgers, who remained one game behind first-place Arizona in the National League West. San Francisco moved within five games of the Diamondbacks and 6 1/2 of the second NL wild-card spot but received a scare when shortstop Brandon Crawford left the contest in the fourth inning following a collision with left fielder Gorkys Hernandez. Nick Hundley delivered a pinch-hit, two-run single in the ninth inning and rookie Steven Duggar recorded two hits and two stolen bases for the Giants, who improved to 8-6 against the Dodgers this season.

TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco), SportsNet LA (Los Angeles)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants LH Andrew Suarez (4-8, 4.64 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Alex Wood (7-6, 3.58)

Suarez suffered his second straight loss on Thursday, allowing three runs and seven hits over five innings against Pittsburgh. “He just is catching too much of the plate,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters. "He got better as he went and started making better pitches, but they took advantage of some pitches in the middle of the plate.” The 25-year-old rookie, who will be facing the Dodgers for the first time, has given up 17 hits in his last two starts - including four home runs.

Wood (adductor) will be activated from the disabled list to make his first start since Aug. 3, when he allowed two runs - one earned - over six frames in a 2-1 loss to Atlanta. The 27-year-old native of North Carolina owns a 2.48 ERA with a 41-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his last nine turns. Crawford is 6-for-18 with two homers against Wood, who is 3-3 with a 4.22 ERA in 12 career games (eight starts) versus San Francisco.

WALK-OFFS

1. Dodgers OF Matt Kemp has gone 3-for-29 with one extra-base hit in nine games this month.

2. San Francisco 1B Brandon Belt (knee) continued his rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Monday and could be activated from the DL prior to Tuesday’s contest.

3. The Dodgers activated RHP Erik Goeddel from the 10-day DL and optioned SHP Pat Venditte to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

PREDICTION: Dodgers 7, Giants 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
San Francisco 59-60 W1 34-26 25-34 13-10 11-13 29-26 6-11
LA Dodgers 64-55 L3 31-28 33-27 18-11 12-12 26-25 8-7
Last Meeting
San Francisco LA Dodgers
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/17/18 SF 4 LAD 1 .097 2 .534 .133 0 .295
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco B. Belt .250 10 .762
LA Dodgers C. Bellinger .244 10 .741
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco J. Panik 2 4 3
LA Dodgers E. Hernandez 2 4 8
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 3.48 .218 95
LA Dodgers 3.03 .234 117
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Francisco B. Posey .298 109 .774
LA Dodgers M. Kemp .283 103 .808
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Francisco B. Belt 14 44 43
LA Dodgers M. Muncy 26 52 52
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Francisco 4.00 .250 928
LA Dodgers 3.55 .243 1124