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It's time for the Dodgertown Classic and this one is a little more exciting than in the past because both UCLA and USC are playing pretty well. UCLA is playing more than pretty well, with 10 straight wins and a number nine national rankings. All is well in Bruin-land and while that isn't quite the case for the Trojans, things are much better than they have been in a long time. SC finds themselves just outside the top 25 and like UCLA, they are 12-3. Much of that is because they have played a weak schedule, but they did win a midweek games against Fullerton and while they did lose their series at North Carolina, they weren't completely outmatched. That's normally not a ringing endorsement, but considering the way the last five years have gone for SC baseball, it is.
Once again, UCLA is turning to Grant Watson on a Tuesday night. The freshman was at his best last week, allowing just two hits in 5.1 shutout innings, but he made relief appearances on both Saturday and Sunday so he isn't expected to go particularly deep in tonight's game. SC will counter with Brandon Garcia, who is 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA, but has really struggled in his last two starts, allowing nine runs in nine innings.
If you aren't going to be out at Dodger Stadium tonight, it's okay because John Ramey and Tim Wilhelm have the call online so you can still listen to the contest. You can also get all the game updates, notes, observations and all the other goodies from my UCLA baseball twitter as the Bruins look to make it 11 wins in a row. This is your Dodgertown Classic open thread so share updates as well as your thoughts and reactions here.