Dodgers @ Giants June 9, 2019: Buehler vs. Bumgarner for the series win

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

It’s such a nice day.

After last night’s 7-2 win, the Dodgers are going for a series win over the rival Giants’ behind Walker Buehler. He’ll be opposed by Madison Bumgarner. As such, Enrique Hernandez is hitting leadoff, as he has great career numbers against the surly left-hander.

Dodgers
Giants
1:05 p.m.
San Francisco
2B
Hernandez
2B
Panik
1B
Muncy
LF
Yastrzemski
3B
Turner
3B
Longoria
RF
Bellinger
1B
Sandoval
CF
Taylor
C
Vogt
SS
Seager
RF
Pillar
LF
Garlick SS Crawford
C
Barnes
CF
Duggar
P
Buehler (R)
P
Bumgarner (L)

Corey Seager and Justin Turner led the way on offense last night. Over his last 28 games (27 starts), Seager is hitting .324/.395/.610 — more what we’ve been used to so far in his young career. Over that same time (25 games, 22 starts), Turner is hitting .345/.410/.586 — more what we’ve been used to so far in his Dodger career.

But Turner’s hamstring issue is apparent. It showed itself yesterday when he hit what looked like a triple, yet was only a double. Then, he didn’t score on Seager’s single, which ultimately cost the Dodgers a run. They’re trying to manage his playing time so that they don’t lose his bat to the injured list, but at some point, he’s going to need extended rest to get the hamstring well.

As mentioned already, Hernandez is hitting leadoff today. Chris Taylor is in for Alex Verdugo and Kyle Garlick (!), fresh off his first MLB hit, is starting in left field.

Here’s a little news.

Joc Pederson, who’s having an All-Star season, left Saturday’s game early with back stiffness. He wasn’t going to start today anyway, but it’s nice to see he could be available for pinch-hitting duties later.

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Apropos of almost nothing, here’s a recap of Kumar Rocker‘s incredible performance in the NCAA Tournament from last night.

The tie here is Buehler is a former Vanderbilt pitcher. Just wanted to throw this one out there.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.