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It’ll be the Cubs’ RHP Marcus Stroman (2-5, 5.32 ERA) vs the Dodgers’ LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-2, 2.57 ERA) this evening at Chavez Ravine. Stroman had his worst outing of the year in his last start; he gave up nine runs on ten hits in just four innings. That pushed his ERA up nearly 1 1/2 points from 3.95 to 5.32. Kershaw deserved a win in his last start: he went seven shutout innings and gave up just one hit to the Padres, but the Dodgers only scored one run for him and the bullpen gave up four runs in the ninth and lost the game.
Today in Dodgers’ history:
- 1956 The BBWAA, by a narrow margin of 14-12, votes to establish the Cy Young Award to honor the major leagues’ most outstanding pitcher. Commissioner Ford Frick initiated the idea because he felt hurlers were not recognized in the MVP voting, but ironically the first recipient of the Cy Young Award, Dodger Don Newcombe, also won the Most Valuable Player Award.
- 1996 In Philadelphia, Dodger backstop Mike Piazza hits a moon shot into the upper-deck at Veterans Stadium and also bangs a RBI double, helping the NL to blank the AL, 6-0, in All-Star action.
In non-Dodger history, it seems fitting that in 1968, the Year of the Pitcher, the All Star Game would play out this way: in the first All-Star game played indoors, American Leaguers are held to just three hits in the Astrodome, with the National League winning the first Mid-Summer Classic to end with a score of 1-0. The contest’s lone tally comes in the bottom of the first frame when Willie Mays, who had been picked off but stayed on the bases due to Luis Tiant’s throwing error, scores an unearned run on a double play ball.
In 2002 despite chants of “Let them play!” from the sellout crowd of 41,871 at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig declares the 73rd All-Star Game a 7-7 tie after 11 innings. No player is selected to receive the first Ted Williams Most Valuable Player award, an honor named for the late Red Sox legend who died five days ago. This would be the nadir of Selig’s term as Commissioner of Baseball on the anniversary of his selection to the job seven years earlier.
Lineups when available.
Willson Contreras and Marcus Stroman return to the #Cubs lineup tonight in LA! pic.twitter.com/8jxwOCZUKf
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 9, 2022
Tonight's #Dodgers lineup vs. Cubs: pic.twitter.com/iBhx7gAL6C
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 9, 2022