It's not just the last time all season the Giants will face the Dodgers when the two teams take the field tonight at AT&T Park, it's the Giants' first real chance to take over first place in the NL West. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Bay Area at 7 p.m.
And even if the Padres do beat the Cardinals, just a Giants win ties them with the Atlanta Braves for the lead in the wild card standings going into the weekend.
It's a battle of left-handed pitchers, with the Giants' Jonathan Sanchez facing Ted Lilly.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who doesn't mind pointing out that the San Francisco Giants don't mind pointing out that Jonathan Sanchez currently has a 12-inning shutout streak in progress.