The San Francisco Giants travel south to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in a game that will stream live for free and legally, the fifth of seven showdowns between the traditional arch-rivals in the first two weeks of the 2016 Major League Baseball season — and the second time that two of baseball’s best left-handed pitchers have faced each other in six days.
The Dodgers’ three-time Cy Young winner, 28-year-old nine-year veteran Clayton Kershaw, takes the hill for Los Angeles, while Madison Bumgarner, 26, a three-time All-Star and 2014 World Series MVP, is scheduled to pitch for visiting San Francisco.
The pitching rivals last squared off on April 9 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Kershaw barely got the better of that contest, lasting eight innings while allowing a pair of solo home runs — including one to Bumgarner himself — but only two other hits as he fanned five and walked just one. The Dodgers ended up winning that game 3-2 in 10 innings.
Bumgarner tossed six innings, but he allowed just one run on six hits and a walk while striking out eight. His home run was the second Bumgarner has hit off of Kershaw in his career — the only two times that Kershaw has allowed a home run to an opposing pitcher.
Watch highlights of the April 9 game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants in the video below.
To find out how to watch a free and legal live stream of the San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night Major League Baseball game, see the streaming information in the final paragraph of this article. Game time is slated for 7:10 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time — 10:10 p.m. Eastern — at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on Friday, April 15.
In the early season beginnings of the National League West pennant race, the Giants and Dodgers come into the game tied, with six wins and four losses apiece. The Giants won three of four from Los Angeles in San Francisco last week, with the first Kershaw vs. Bumgarner matchup the only victory for the Dodgers.
But the Giants come into the three-game weekend series in Los Angeles off an 11-6 defeat to the Rockies in Colorado Thursday, while the Dodgers topped the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3.
But it is the matchup of Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner that is once again the focus of attention in Friday’s game.
“When those two guys match up with each other, it’s a special day and there’s definitely a different energy in the ballpark — and a different buzz in the batter’s box,” said Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis on Thursday.
”You’ve got two guys who are as competitive and as talented as any two pitchers we have in our sport. One guy (Kershaw) has been decorated as highly as could possibly be imagined in the regular season, and the other guy (Bumgarner) is arguably the greatest postseason pitcher of all time.”
Bumgarner has faced Kershaw three times at Dodger Stadium — and won all three. Kershaw dominates the Giants, except when he is facing Bumgarner. In games against other Giants pitchers, Kershaw boasts a 7-1 record in 13 starts with a 1.78 ERA.
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To watch Friday’s San Francisco Giants Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game stream live for free, use the feed provided by MLB.TV at this link, where the online streaming subscription service of Major League Baseball is offering the Giants-Dodgers matchup as its “Free Game of the Day.” That means the game may be streamed live by anyone without a fee, though signing up for a free MLB.com membership is required. The Giants vs. Dodgers game can also be viewed for free using the MLB At Bat app for mobile devices, as well as on the MLB channel offered on set-top streaming boxes such as the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku.
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