3:10 PM ET, August 28, 2013
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Chicago: Jackson (7-13, 5.00 ERA)
Los Angeles: Nolasco (10-9, 3.42 ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers have gone more than two months without losing a series and now are close to dropping two in a row.
Tonight the Dodgers will send Ricky Nolasco to the mound as he hopes to help his team prevent that from happening when he tries to continue his recent success versus the lowly Chicago Cubs.
Since June 19, the Dodgers (77-55) went 18 straight series without losing one before dropping two of three to AL-leading Boston Red Sox last weekend. Los Angeles avoided a third straight defeat with Monday’s 6-2 victory against the Chicago Cubs (56-76), but fell 3-2 on Tuesday.
Los Angeles last dropped consecutive series June 10-16, and at home April 29-May 8. They have an 8 1/2-game lead versus the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.
Clayton Kershaw struck out nine but worked hard while giving up two runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday while the Cubs’ Travis Wood yielded a run over seven. Starlin Castro and Dioner Navarro each had two hits with an RBI for Chicago, who snapped an eight-game slide to Los Angeles by winning for the eighth time in 29 contests.
Los Angeles and their YouWager fans hope the team recovers with the help of Nolasco (10-9, 3.42 ERA), who is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA over his last four starts. The right-hander’s best as a Dodger came Friday, when he allowed two hits without a walk in eight innings of a 2-0 win versus the Red Sox.
The 30 year-old is 5-1 with a 2.53 ERA in nine starts since Los Angeles acquired him from the Miami Marlins on July 6.
The Cubs will counter with Edwin Jackson (7-13, 5.00) who is 0-2 with a 6.37 ERA in his last five starts away from home. The West Germany native was staked to a 6-0 first-inning lead Friday versus the San Diego Padres, but was charged with six runs and 10 hits in six innings of an 8-6 defeat.
Jackson, who broke into the majors with Los Angeles ten years ago, is 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA in five starts versus the Dodgers, but hasn’t faced them since 2011.