Giants @ Dodgers May 7, 2012: Hairston Stays, Guerra Goes

I’d like to say that this is just another homestand in a long season, but we all know that it’s not. For the first time since September 21, 2003, you can go to see a game at Dodger Stadium and know that you’re not sitting in seats owned by Frank McCourt. I’m not even going to be there, and that’s still incredibly exciting to me. (It’s been so long, by the way, that this was the lineup the Dodgers rolled out that day: Dave Roberts-8 Paul Lo Duca-2 Shawn Green-9 Robin Ventura-3 Adrian Beltre-5 Jeromy Burnitz-7 Alex Cora-4 Cesar Izturis-6 Kazuhisa Ishii-1. They won, 7-5.) Speaking of that 2003 team, one member currently plays for the Giants, but we won’t be seeing him any time soon: reliever Guillermo Mota was popped today with a 100-game suspension for PED usage, his second such offense and one that, at his age, is likely to end his career.

Back to the game, as you might expect, the new ownership team is making a big deal out of it, bringing out Jackie Robinson’s widow Rachel alongside Dodger legend Don Newcombe to throw ceremonial first pitches. As we know, parking has been lowered by $5, and well, look, I know it’s a Monday night, but it’s a big deal and it’s also the first time we’re seeing the Giants this season. I’m not saying that this game needs to be a sellout, but if there’s not a considerable bump in attendance tonight I’m going to be somewhat disappointed.

Matt Kemp returns to the lineup after missing Sunday’s game with a sore hamstring, and just in time: per ESPN’s Molly Knight, Kemp’s 20 hits (in 47 tries) against Barry Zito is his highest total against any active pitcher. Juan Uribe also rejoins the lineup for the first time in a week; Jerry Hairston is probably unavailable tonight but is doing better and may avoid the DL, and Christopher Jackson notes that Justin Sellers was still with the Isotopes as of 3pm PT. On his 28th birthday, James Loney gets a seat on the bench.

Oh, and some mildly interesting news… if the Dodgers do get to the late innings with a lead, it’s not going to be Javy Guerra in the 9th; as expected, Kenley Jansen is the new Dodger closer. So now we can expect leads to be blown in the 7th inning instead! (I kid, I kid.)

(By the way, is that Giants lineup for real? I mean… I can’t even. Holy lord, is that weak.)

Giants
Dodgers
CF
Pagan
SS
Gordon
2B
Theriot
2B
M.Ellis
RF
Cabrera
CF
Kemp
1B
Posey
RF
Ethier
LF
Pill
1B
Rivera
SS
Arias
LF
Abreu
C
Sanchez
3B
Uribe
3B
Gillaspie
C
A.Ellis
P
Zito
P
Lilly

 

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