Major League Baseball
Preview
LA Dodgers at San Francisco
When: 10:15 PM ET, Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

The Christian Arroyo era has begun for the San Francisco Giants, who are hoping their top hitting prospect can help jump-start their anemic offense. Arroyo forced his way into the lineup with an impressive start in the minors and made his major-league debut Monday at third base for the Giants, who continue their three-game series against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old infielder, who went 0-for-4 in Monday’s 3-1 victory, was hitting .466 with three home runs for Triple-A Sacramento and could provide a spark for a Giants team that entered Monday with a National League-worst 6-13 record. After watching Jarrett Parker and Chris Marrero struggle offensively for the last three weeks, manager Bruce Bochy shook up the lineup Monday by moving Eduardo Nunez from third base to left field and inserting Hunter Pence into the leadoff spot. The Giants also had a new look in center field, where veteran Drew Stubbs made his season debut after utilityman Aaron Hill landed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain. Los Angeles was held to four hits in Monday’s loss as Enrique Hernandez filled in for Joc Pederson, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain.


TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, SportsNet LA (Los Angeles), NBC Sports Bay Area (San Francisco)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.54 ERA) vs. Giants LH Ty Blach (0-0, 4.76)

Kershaw won his second straight decision on Wednesday, allowing two runs with a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings against Colorado. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has struck out 32 batters while issuing only two walks over 28 1/3 frames in his first four outings. Brandon Belt has been limited to three hits in 51 at-bats against Kershaw, who is 18-8 with a 1.61 ERA in 36 career games (35 starts) versus San Francisco.

Blach is making his first start of the season in place of ace Madison Bumgarner, who injured his pitching shoulder in a dirt bike accident on Thursday and is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks. The 26-year-old Blach has allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in seven relief appearances this season after making an impressive debut n September. Blach earned his only career win against the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, working eight scoreless frames in a 3-0 victory on Oct. 1.

WALK-OFFS

1. Dodgers LHP Julio Urias is expected to be recalled to start Thursday’s series finale.

2. The Giants have won 17 of their last 21 games against the Dodgers at AT&T Park, including six in a row.

3. The Dodgers recalled OF Brett Eibner from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill Pederson’s roster spot.

PREDICTION: Dodgers 5, Giants 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Dodgers 9-11 L1 6-4 3-7 0-0 1-2 8-9 0-0
San Francisco 7-13 W1 4-4 3-9 0-0 0-0 6-12 1-1
Last Meeting
LA Dodgers San Francisco
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
4/24/17 LAD 1 SF 2 .138 0 .331 .276 0 .644
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers C. Seager .250 1 .500
San Francisco B. Crawford .500 2 1.250
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers C. Utley 0 1 0
San Francisco J. Panik 0 1 1
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 2.25 .138 5
San Francisco 1.00 .276 6
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Dodgers J. Turner .343 23 .899
San Francisco J. Panik .339 21 .887
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Dodgers Y. Puig 4 8 11
San Francisco B. Belt 4 11 9
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Dodgers 3.73 .246 187
San Francisco 4.51 .235 159