Clayton Kershaw will be looking for another career milestone on Saturday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium.
The southpaw is tied with Hall of Famer Dazzy Vance for third on the Dodgers’ all-time list with 190 wins. Hall of Famers Don Sutton (233) and Don Drysdale (209) are first and second.
Kershaw (5-2) pitched seven shutout innings in his last appearance, limiting the San Diego Padres to four hits, striking out eight and walking one, earning a no-decision decision in a game the Dodgers led 1- 0 when relieved early in the eighth inning but lost 4-2 as closer Craig Kimbrel allowed three runs in the ninth inning.
Kershaw pitched seven shutout innings in a 7-0 win over the Cubs on May 7, allowing five hits, striking out two and walking one. The Dodgers are 5-5 starting in Kershaw.
Right-hander Marcus Stroman (2-5) is expected to make his first appearance for Chicago since June 3, when he allowed nine runs and 10 hits over four innings in a 14-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs placed Stroman on the 15-day injured list on June 10, retroactive to June 7 due to right shoulder inflammation.
Stroman started Sunday for Triple-A Iowa affiliate Chicago on a rehab assignment while on the disabled list, allowing five runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings in a 9- 6 against the Columbus Clippers in an International League game in Des Moines. , Iowa.
Stroman was on the COVID-19 injured list from May 8-19.
Stroman is 2-0 against the Dodgers. He was the game-winning pitcher in his last appearance against them, allowing two runs and four hits over six innings in the New York Mets’ 7-2 win on Aug. 22, 2021 at Dodger Stadium. The Cubs are 2-7 starting in Stroman.
The Dodgers (54-29) come into Saturday’s game with the National League’s best record and a six-game lead over the Padres in the hunt for first place in the National League West. Chicago (34-50) is tied for third in the NL Central with Pittsburgh, 13½ games behind the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers and 11 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the race for the final playoff spot. of the National League.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. and will be televised by SportsNet LA.
The Dodgers extended their winning streak to five games Friday night with a 4-3, 10 innings win over the Cubs. Mookie Betts drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and Will Smith the winning run with a single in the 10th inning.
Trailing 3-0 with one out in the top of the sixth, the Dodgers avoided falling even further behind when starting pitcher Tyler Anderson tagged Ian Happ at home in a preview, holding the ball despite Happ going down his shoulder and charged into Anderson’s midsection in an attempt to knock him down.