It was the first time in major league history that two no-hitters were pitched in both leagues on the same day. Eric Byrnes hit for the cycle and matched a franchise record with five hits as Oakland beat San Francisco 5-2. Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the fourth pitcher to record 4,000 strikeouts when he struck out San Diego’s Jeff Cirillo in the eighth inning of the Padres’ 3-2 win.
With a much-needed extra-base hit finally to his credit, and a series on the West Coast awaiting, the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant could be looking at an ideal scenario this weekend. The Cubs and Dodgers open a four-game series on Thursday in Los Angeles. The timing and setting appear ideal for the Cubs’ star.
Chicago Cubs (41-33, second in the NL Central) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (44-30, second in the NL West) Los Angeles; Thursday, 10:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Zach Davies (4-4, 4.66 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 45 strikeouts) Dodgers: Walker Buehler (7-0, 2.38 ERA, . WHIP, 88 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Dodgers -235, Cubs +194; over/under is 8 runs BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles enters the game as losers of their last three games.