National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, September 26th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (91-67) at San Francisco Giants (73-85), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Edinson Volquez (9-12, 5.77)
San Francisco - Tim Lincecum (10-14, 4.44)
(Sports Network) - Barry Zito capped the likely end of his San Francisco
Giants tenure with a victory.
Upcoming free agent Tim Lincecum will try to do the same on Thursday night
when the Giants conclude a three-game set with the NL West-champion Los
Lincecum's two-year, $40.5 million deal is set to expire at season's end and
his recent struggles suggest he may not be on the Giants' radar for next
While the right-hander won back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards in 2008-09 and
helped deliver the Giants World Series victories in 2010 and '12, he went
10-15 with a 5.18 earned run average a season ago -- setting a career high for
losses in a season -- and is 10-14 with a 4.44 ERA through 31 outings this
Lincecum pitched to a 3.77 ERA over a five-start unbeaten streak (4-0) before
taking a loss to the New York Yankees on Friday. He was charged with four runs
on five hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings.
"I let them get some men on cheaply out there and that's on me," said
Lincecum. "It was tough to watch, I put the team in a bad situation."
The 29-year-old did strike out six to surpass 1,500 for his career. He became
the seventh pitcher in Giants history to reach that mark and first since
Gaylord Perry in 1971.
Lincecum is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts versus the Dodgers this
He'll follow Zito's swan song after the lefty helped the Giants secure a 6-4
win over the Dodgers on Wednesday. Zito allowed two runs -- one earned -- on
four hits over five innings.
Zito signed a monster seven-year, $126 million deal with the Giants back in
2006 and it has a club option for next season at $18 million, but with a $7
"I still remember where I was when the contract was finalized and I knew it
was going to be a heck of a ride, on the field and off, and it's certainly
been that for me," said Zito.
Tony Abreu drove in four runs and Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer for the
Giants, who had lost four of six.
Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with two RBI and A.J. Ellis drove in a run for the
Dodgers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped and sit two games behind
Atlanta for the second-best record in the NL.
Ricky Nolasco was touched for all six runs on eight hits while fanning seven
over 5 2/3 innings.
"Ricky's shown us he can throw the ball really well and he can make good
pitches," manager Don Mattingly said. "I don't think Ricky has done anything
that's going to change our mind (about the playoff roster)."
Edinson Volquez is hoping to be a part of the Dodgers' playoff run and he gets
the start tonight.
Volquez went 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA in 27 starts this year with San Diego before
getting released. He is 0-2 with a 4.30 ERA in five outings (4 starts) since
joining Los Angeles and faced his former Padres club on Friday.
The 30-year-old righty had a quality start, but took a 2-0 loss. He allowed
both runs -- one earned -- on five hits and four walks over 6 1/3 innings with
"I used to be here and I know where the ball travels," said Volquez. "I was
just trying to keep my pitches down and keep the ball in the grass when they
did hit it."
Volquez is 0-1 wit ha 6.65 ERA in four encounters with the Giants this season.
San Francisco leads the season series with Los Angeles, 10-8.
09/26 10:44:30 ET