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Giants @ Dodgers, 6/18

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Anderson (2-1, 4.38 FIP) vs. Kershaw (6-1, 3.62 FIP)

Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

Tonight’s the fifth anniversary of Clayton Kershaw’s no hitter against the Rockies. He has never no-hit the Giants and yet it feels like he’s never not no-hit the Giants, either.

Anyway, last night, the Giants won their 22nd 1-run game against the Dodgers since 2014. They also have the best record in baseball in one run games this season. Those are both great notes! There was also this weird note:

A win over the Dodgers feels life-affirming, doesn’t it? We’ll see if the Giants can keep it up (don’t look at the Giants record for Tuesdays against the Dodgers or in the second game of a series after they’ve won the first) against a guy who should’ve probably no-hit them by now. And, of course, this lineup:

LF — Joc Pederson
CF — Alex Verdugo
3B — Justin Turner
RF — Cody Bellinger
2B — Max Muncy
1B — Matt Beaty
SS — Chris Taylor
C — Austin Barnes
SP — Clayton Kershaw

Pablo Sandoval was probably not going to play today or tomorrow because of the Dodgers’ lefty starters, but after getting stitches on his lacerated pinky after Max Muncy stepped on it last night, he’ll probably not be available for pinch hitting duties, either. That’s a shame. Watching him hit a home run late in the game would really be something.

2B — Donovan Solano
1B — Brandon Belt
LF — Tyler Austin
C — Buster Posey
3B — Evan Longoria
RF — Kevin Pillar
SS — Brandon Crawford
CF — Steven Duggar
SP — Shaun Anderson

Come on, Shaun Anderson. You don’t need to duplicate Beede’s performance, but just don’t give up a home run to Clayton Kershaw or something.