Kershaw will seek sole possession of third on Dodgers career win list


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.


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