Game Two: Washington - Blake Treinen (0-3, 2.08) Chicago - Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 2.53)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs are ready to unveil their latest pitching prospect, as Dallas Beeler will make his major league debut Saturday against the Washington Nationals in the day portion of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field.
A 41st-round draft pick by the Cubs in 2010, Beeler has a 5-3 record with a 4.03 ERA in 10 starts with Triple-A Iowa this season. He is 17-21 with a 3.71 ERA in five minor league seasons, a span of 76 contests (68 starts).
Gio Gonzalez toes the rubber for the Nationals in the opener. The left-hander broke a three-decision skid over a six-start span by blanking the Brewers over six innings in a 3-0 final on Monday. That was his first victory since April 18.
Gonzalez has earned a victory in 22 different stadiums, but still not Wrigley Field. He is 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA in four career starts versus the Cubs.
Blake Treinen aims for his first major league win in the night game for the Nationals. The righty, who turns 25 Monday, will make his ninth appearance (5th start). His last appearance with the Nationals came June 12 when he gave up five hits and a pair of runs over five frames in a 7-1 loss at San Francisco. He pitched for Triple-A Syracuse last Sunday.
The last time Jeff Samardzija faced the Nationals he threw a complete game. He allowed just a Wilson Ramos home run and five more hits in the 11-1 final at Wrigley Field on Aug. 19, 2013. He is 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA in 11career games (four starts) against Washington.
Samardzija is winless in his last three starts. He's coming off a no-decision against Cincinnati on Monday when he fanned seven over six innings and let up only a run.
This marks the first scheduled doubleheader at Wrigley Field since July 4, 1983 when the Cubs played the Montreal Expos, who moved to the nation's capital in 2005. In a major league rarity, there will be no contest on Sunday for these clubs. Sunday's scheduled contest was moved up a day in consideration of neighborhood traffic and congestion in connection with the annual Pride Parade in Chicago on Sunday.
John Baker drove in four runs to help lead the Cubs to a 7-2 win yesterday. Baker, hitting just .160 at the plate entering Friday's contest, went 3-for-3 and doubled his season RBI total in the triumph. Chris Coghlan had two hits, while he and Luis Valbuena each scored twice.
"It feels great," Baker said. "I finally hit a couple baseballs that didn't go right at somebody. Baseball will rip your heart out, but we love it so much. It's fun to contribute."
Jason Hammel (7-5) continued his dominance of the Nationals, allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. Hammel improved to 7-0 in nine career starts against Washington.
His counterpart, Tanner Roark (7-5), lost for the first time since June 1 after getting roughed up for four runs on 10 hits over six innings. He hadn't given up more than three runs in a start since May 3, when the Phillies scored seven in four innings against him.
"They're a good hitting ball club," said Roark. "They didn't hit home runs, they hit one extra base hit off me that I remember. Other than that, they were hitting singles and putting pressure on us."
Adam LaRoche had a solo home run in the setback.
Washington won four of the seven meetings last season. The clubs will meet in the nation's capital July 4-6. The Cubs have not won a season series against the Nationals since going 4-2 in 2010.