Cubs at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: ESPN (out-of-market only), SPNLA, NBC Sports Chicago
The Cubs have called up RHP Duane Underwood (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to make his MLB debut. He’s gone 3-7 with a 4.27 ERA in 14 appearances for AAA Iowa of the PCL (the PCL? Iowa?) this season. He’ll face the Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (4-4, 3.84 ERA) in his third start back from a stint on the DL with a hip strain. He struggled last time out against these same Cubs, walking five in 3 2/3 innings and getting no decision.
Today in Dodgers’ history:
- 1968 Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his third at-bat of his first major league game, going deep off Dodger right-hander John Purdin in the Giants’ 9-0 victory at Candlestick Park. The 22 year-old Giant outfielder joins Philadelphia National pitcher Bill Duggelby (1898 – first at-bat) as the only other player to hit a base-loaded home run in his major league debut.
- 1984 Dodger infielder Bill Russell plays his 1,953rd game to become the team’s leader in games played. The shortstop, who will extend the mark to 2181 during his 18-year tenure with the club, is hitless in three trips to the plate but will walk twice in LA’s 9-4 loss to San Diego at Chavez Ravine.
Old friend Edwin Jackson (now 34 years old!) has been called up to the As. His first appearance for them will tie Octavio Dotel for “Most different big league teams pitched for, career: 13.”
Yasiel Puig posed for ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue. The posted pics are only semi-risqué.
Lineup when available.
Dodgers at Nationals, 4:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN 2, MLBN (out-of-market only)
The Dodgers currently lead the Nationals by five games in the race for best record in the National League.
LHP Alex Wood (14-3, 2.81 ERA) starts for the Dodgers. He’ll face RHP Edwin Jackson (5-5, 4.14 ERA), now on his twelfth team since he was drafted by the Dodgers in 2001.
Wood’s pitching has deteriorated in the second half of the season after an All-Star performance in the first half. In his last two starts he’s given up nine runs in eleven innings. He’s had a sternum injury, but I wonder if his arm is tired. He’s thrown 134 innings this season after only 60 the year before when he was recovering from elbow surgery mid-season. Jackson has made 10 starts for the Nats after coming over from the Orioles (short distance between moves, anyway) and has a 3.88 ERA in that stretch. His last two outings have been shaky: he’s given up nine earned runs in nine innings.
Here are Houston Mitchell’s suggestions for which players should be sitting and which playing.
What’s the deal with those Pantene 294 fans who travel to Dodgers games?
On this day in Dodgers’ history:
- 1946 In Brooklyn, a giant swarm of gnats engulfs Ebbets Field at the end of the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader. Due to the bothersome insects and the impending darkness, the game is called, resulting in a 2-0 victory for the Dodgers over the Cubs.
- 1950 At Ebbets Field, Cardinal starter Cloyd Boyer hurts his arm while warming up and is replaced by Red Munger. The reliever goes the distance, beating the Dodgers, 6-2, getting credit for a complete game, but not for a game started.
- 1978 Don Sutton, in front of 47,188 fans at Dodger Stadium, throws a six-hitter to beat Atlanta, 5-0. Los Angeles, with tonight’s attendance, becomes the major league first team in history to draw three million fans at home.
- 1995 Ozzie Smith takes part in the 1,554th twin killing of his career to set a new big league record for double plays. The Cardinals’ shortstop’s wizardry isn’t enough to prevent the Redbirds’ 7-6 loss to the Dodgers at Busch Stadium.
Ethier and Utley get starts.
Dodgers at Cubs, 11:20AM PT, TV: SPNLA
Clayton Kershaw has won five straight games and is trying to win his 20th game of the season. He’s 19-3 with a 1.70 ERA. He’ll face old friend Edwin Jackson, who’s coming off the DL, where he was nursing a right lat strain. Before he got hurt he was 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA.
Believe it or not, Jackson, who got his first start with the Dodgers back in 2003 and made it a memorable one, turned 31 years old 10 days ago and has been pitching in the major leagues for 12 years with a lifetime record of 84-103 for mostly bad teams.
Lineup when available.
Cubs at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA
Josh Beckett (6-5, 2.74 ERA) tries to recover his early-season form for the Dodgers. Ex-Dodger (and half-a-dozen other teams) Edwin Jackson has had a poor year so far (5-11, 5.79 ERA) and is hoping to press reset himself.