The San Francisco Giants will look to bounce back from a poor series against the Marlins in Miami when they face the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Southern California over the weekend.
San Francisco, 10000/1 to win the World Series, are one game under .500 with a 34-35 record although that is good for third place in the National League West Division, only four games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks and two adrift of the second place Dodgers (23/20). Derek Holland will head to the hill for the visitors with LA scheduled to counter with Ross Stripling.
On Friday it was former starter Ty Blach (4-5) who picked up the win in South Florida with 6 2-3 innings of relief as the Giants went 16 innings to defeat the Marlins 6-3 in their series finale.
Pablo Sandoval drove in two in the top of the 16th to send San Francisco on their way with Gorkys Hernandez adding an insurance run with a sacrifice fly.
Beset by injuries all season, the Giants added another to the list with third baseman Evan Longoria ruled out with a broken hand after being hit by a pitch. Sandoval, who was so poor as a free agent signing by the Boston Red Sox, has been playing well and, with Brandon Belt about to return, San Francisco may find they have an easy replacement at third.
The Giants remain the wildcard in the NL West Division. With no other team making a strong move, a healthy San Francisco could be the team to beat. The question of course is whether they will ever get healthy this season.
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