Vicente Padilla will take the hill for Los Angeles, making his first start against San Francisco since he pegged the Giants' Aaron Rowand in the face April 16. Rowand suffered a broken cheekbone from the pitch, and Padilla was apologetic afterward.
"I'm very sorry," Padilla said at the time. "I'd like to talk to him. I don't want there to be any misunderstanding. It was not intentional. I was just trying to pitch inside, but I never pitch a ball close to anyone's head. And I didn't want to load the bases."
Intentional or not, the incident isn't likely forgotten. The day after the beanball, Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria paid Padilla a visit in the clubhouse to relay the news of Rowand's injury. He also suffered a concussion.
Further, in his most recent start against the Yankees, Padilla hit Robinson Cano and was in turn pegged by New York's C.C. Sabathia.
The Giants will counter with Jonathan Sanchez, who's 3-1 with a 3.33 ERA this month.
Dodgers: Losing a big gun?
Outfielder Manny Ramirez left Tuesday's game after straining his right hamstring in the first inning, and he's listed as day-to-day. The injury comes at a bad time, as he was hitting .449 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in the previous 14 contests.
Giants: Division struggles
The Giants are 8-16 against National League West opponents this season, the worst mark in the division (the Dodgers are tops at 20-5). Following the matchup with Los Angeles, they'll face division foe Colorado in a four-game series.
The Dodgers have won four of five against the Giants this year after going 11-7 against them in 2009. Los Angeles hasn't lost the season series with San Francisco since 2005, when the Giants triumphed 10-9.
Wed, 6/30 3:45 PM ET
Dodgers cruise past Giants to notch sweep
Vicente Padilla threw seven stellar innings and got an outpouring of offense led by Rafael Furcal and Matt Kemp as the Dodgers swept the Giants. Furcal and Kemp combined for seven hits, five RBIs and four runs.
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|Johnson, Re, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.281|
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|Sanchez, F, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.291|
|Sandoval, P, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.274|
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|Wilson, Br, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Carroll 2 (7, Sanchez, J, Casilla).
HR: Furcal (3, 5th inning off Sanchez, J, 1 on, 1 out), Kemp (13, 5th inning off Sanchez, J, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Furcal 7; Martin; Kemp 6; Carroll 4.
RBI: Kemp 3 (43), Furcal 2 (25), Belliard (14).
2-out RBI: Kemp 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Loney 2; Anderson, G 2; Martin; Johnson, Re.
Team RISP: 3-for-14.
Team LOB: 8.
CS: Belliard (2, 2nd base by Sanchez, J/Whiteside).
PO: Belliard (1st base by Sanchez, J).
E: Carroll (5, fielding).
HR: Rowand (7, 6th inning off Padilla, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Rowand 6; Burrell; Sandoval, P; Posey; Whiteside.
RBI: Rowand (24), Uribe (46).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sanchez, F; Whiteside 2.
SAC: Sanchez, J.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 6.
E: Burrell (2, fielding).
PB: Whiteside (1).
Pickoffs: Sanchez, J (Belliard at 1st base).
WP: Miller, Ju, Casilla, Bautista.
Balk: Sanchez, J.
Pitches-strikes: Padilla 98-66, Troncoso 16-14, Sherrill 14-12, Miller, Ju 10-7, Sanchez, J 88-50, Casilla 27-16, Romo 12-10, Wilson, Br 21-12, Bautista 26-16.
Groundouts-flyouts: Padilla 7-5, Troncoso 3-0, Sherrill 1-0, Miller, Ju 0-0, Sanchez, J 3-3, Casilla 0-1, Romo 1-0, Wilson, Br 2-0, Bautista 0-1.
Batters faced: Padilla 25, Troncoso 4, Sherrill 3, Miller, Ju 3, Sanchez, J 22, Casilla 7, Romo 4, Wilson, Br 5, Bautista 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Miller, Ju 2-1, Romo 3-2.
Umpires: HP: Tom Hallion. 1B: Ron Kulpa. 2B: Lance Barksdale. 3B: Ed Rapuano.
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 14 mph, Out to LF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media