If the Los Angeles Dodgers are to continue their current surge,
they might have to do it without one of their key players.
The Dodgers could be minus outfielder Matt Kemp when they try to
hand the host San Francisco Giants a fifth straight loss Saturday
Juan Uribe came a single shy of the cycle and matched a career
high with seven RBIs as Los Angeles (41-44) rolled to a 10-2 win at
San Francisco on Friday. The Dodgers have recorded at least 13 hits
in five straight games and averaged 5.5 runs while winning 11 of
After losing five straight in the series, Los Angeles has won
four in a row over a San Francisco team that’s totaled 28 runs
while dropping 12 of 14.
“We’re getting tested,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
“Hopefully you get stronger when you’re tested.”
The Giants (39-46) might not have to worry about Kemp after he
irritated his left shoulder Friday, but not in the area that was
surgically repaired. Though he’s batting .254, Kemp was 6 for 19
(.316) with two of his four homers and six RBIs in four games prior
to the opener.
“I don’t ever want to get used to getting hurt,” he said. “It
could have been worse. I felt something weird in my shoulder that
scared me. It hurt worse than running into the wall.”
With Kemp day to day, Carl Crawford could see more time after
his return Friday from missing more than a month with a hamstring
Kemp, however, is not the only Dodger playing well at the
Hanley Ramirez is batting.492 with 17 RBIs during a 16-game
hitting streak and star rookie Yasiel Puig .420 with eight homers
and 19 RBIs in 30 career games.
Uribe is 8 for 17 with two homers and 12 RBIs in his last four
road contests. He’s hit .474 (9 for 19) in his last five against
“Every opportunity they gave me, I want to help the team,” Uribe
Los Angeles looks to stay hot against scheduled San Francisco
starter Madison Bumgarner (8-5, 3.08 ERA), who is in the midst of a
stretch where he’s 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA. He gave up a homer and
three other hits in seven innings of a 5-2 win at Colorado on
“Bumgarner has been consistent all year,” Bochy said. “He’s
been consistent in every start. He’s a special talent.”
The left-hander’s lone blemish in the last five starts came
during a 3-1 loss at Los Angeles on June 24, when he allowed three
runs and five hits in seven innings. Puig went 2 for 3 with a homer
Bumgarner, who threw 16 straight scoreless innings against the
Dodgers prior to last week’s start, is 6-3 with a 2.54 ERA in nine
starts versus the NL West rival.
He’s also 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his last three home starts
The Dodgers counter with right-hander Stephen Fife (3-2, 2.83),
who allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings of a 6-1 victory
over Philadelphia on Sunday.
Fife, 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two career starts versus San
Francisco, allowed three runs, including homers to Buster Posey and
Brandon Belt, in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-5 win over the Giants on June
Posey is 0 for 11 in July after he went 11 for 22 with four
homers and six RBIs in the final six games of June.