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Giants vs. Braves lineups: Pablo Sandoval starting in series-opener

Giants vs. Braves lineups: Pablo Sandoval starting in series-opener

Pablo Sandoval has hit a pinch-hit home run in each of the Giants' last two games, both victories.

He won't get a chance to make it three straight, but for a good reason: He's in the starting lineup Monday night.

After becoming the first player in franchise history to hit pinch-hit home runs in consecutive games since Armando Rios in 1998, Sandoval will bat fifth Monday night when the Giants open up a four-game series with the Braves at Oracle Park.

Left-hander Andrew Suarez will make his first big-league start of the season for San Francisco after being called up from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day. Suarez did not make the rotation out of camp and has a 6.33 ERA in six minor league starts. 

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Rookie right-hander Mike Soroka (4-1, 0.98 ERA) will take the mound for the Braves, and he's been Atlanta's best starter so far this season. He's coming off a win over the Cardinals in which he pitched seven scoreless innings, and he hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his appearances.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the MyTeams app.

Here are the lineups for both teams in the series opener:

San Francisco Giants (20-25)

Joe Panik, 2B
Steven Duggar, CF
Buster Posey, C
Brandon Belt, 1B
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Kevin Pillar, RF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Mac Williamson, LF

Andrew Suarez (2-3, 6.33 ERA at Triple-A Sacramento)

Atlanta Braves (25-22)

Ronald Acuna Jr., CF
Ozzie Albies, 2B
Freddie Freeman, 1B
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Nick Markakis, RF
Austin Riley, LF
Johan Camargo, SS
Tyler Flowers, C

Mike Soroka (4-1, 0.98 ERA)

Shaun Anderson's first-inning problems are a head-scratcher for Giants

Shaun Anderson's first-inning problems are a head-scratcher for Giants

LOS ANGELES -- Giants rookie right-hander Shaun Anderson has a problem, but it isn't what you would expect. 

Anderson is a young starter who was a closer in college, so it wouldn't be a surprise or at all concerning if he had issues getting deep into games. The head-scratcher thus far, though, has been that Anderson is struggling mightily with the first inning. After that, he tends to cruise. 

Joc Pederson hit a leadoff homer on Tuesday night and the Dodgers followed with two more hits and another run, kicking off what would become a 9-0 win behind Clayton Kershaw. 

The homer was the second leadoff blast Anderson has allowed in seven starts and the fourth he has allowed in the first inning. Opponents are hitting .438 off him in the first with four homers, four doubles and seven runs. In all of his other innings, Anderson has allowed just one homer and posted a 2.56 ERA. 

"I do need to bear down a little in those first innings," Anderson said. "This isn't the first time it has happened. I'll look into it."

Anderson said it was simply a lack of execution to start, and manager Bruce Bochy wasn't all that concerned. There's a trend, and he said the Giants will discuss potential changes to Anderson's pre-start routine, but they won't make too big a deal of it. 

"You know what, the kid is throwing well," Bochy said. "So it's not like we want to do a lot."

Anderson is not alone in this issue. The Giants as a team have had serious first-inning woes all season long, but Anderson has shown an ability to get past any early wobbles. He pitched into the sixth Tuesday, allowing just one more run. 

The problem was that the Giants had no margin for error. Kershaw did what he always does to them, and while Anderson kept it close for a while, this one turned into a blowout in the seventh. Enrique Hernandez's grand slam off Trevor Gott capped a six-run inning. 

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With the blowout, the Giants have now been outscored by 90 runs this season, the third-worst differential in the Majors and worst in the National League. Anderson might be having an issue with the first inning, but for the team, the problems go much deeper. 

Giants vs. Dodgers lineups: Shaun Anderson opposes Clayton Kershaw

Giants vs. Dodgers lineups: Shaun Anderson opposes Clayton Kershaw

On Monday, Tyler Beede got a win in his first-ever start against the Dodgers. On Tuesday, Giants rookie right-hander Shaun Anderson will attempt to do the same.

Anderson (2-1, 3.97 ERA) enters Tuesday's start at Dodger Stadium on a roll. He's coming off three consecutive outings in which he went at least six innings and gave up no more than three runs, and he's picked up two victories over that span.

Anderson will face a significant challenge in his first-ever start at Chavez Ravine, not just in the formidable Dodgers' lineup, but in Giants' nemesis Clayton Kershaw. While Kershaw (6-1, 3.13 ERA) took his first loss of the season on June 7 against the Giants, he has dominated San Francisco throughout his career, and enters Tuesday's start with a 22-11 record against the Giants with a 1.72 ERA over 330 1/3 innings.

[RELATED: Beede relieved to get first big league win against Dodgers]

First pitch for Dodgers vs. Giants is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT with pregame coverage beginning at 6 p.m. You can follow all the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online and on the MyTeams app.

San Francisco Giants (31-39)
Donovan Solano, 2B
Brandon Belt, LF
Tyler Austin, 1B
Buster Posey, C
Evan Longoria, 3B
Kevin Pillar, RF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Steven Duggar, CF
Shaun Anderson, RHP (2-1, 3.97 ERA)

Los Angeles Dodgers (48-25)
Joc Pederson. LF
Alex Verdugo, CF
Justin Turner, 3B
Cody Bellinger, RF
Max Muncy, 2B
Matt Beaty, 1B
Chris Taylor, SS
Austin Barnes, C
Clayton Kershaw, LHP (6-1, 3.13 ERA)