BEGINNING: Goldschmidt and Turner try to extend hitting streaks
A glimpse of what’s happening around the majors today:
Cardinals star Paul Goldschmidt could set the longest hitting streak of his career if he succeeds in both games of a day-night doubleheader at Wrigley Field.
Goldschmidt homered to extend his streak to 25 games as St. Louis routed the Chicago Cubs 14-5 on Friday. The six-time All-Star had a 26-game hitting streak with Arizona in 2013.
Goldschmidt has 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in his last 22 games, a streak that began May 11.
The Cubs plan to start a pair of rookies in the twinbill. Matt Swarmer is lined up to pitch Game 1 and Caleb Kilian – acquired from San Francisco last season as part of the deal that sent 2016 NL MVP Kris Bryant to the Giants – will make his major league debut in the last drink .
JUBILEE OF KINGS
Reggie Jackson, Rollie Fingers and members of the 1972 Oakland A’s will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their World Series championship before the Athletics host, Boston.
Series MVP Gene Tenace, Vida Blue and Campy Campaneris are also expected to attend the festivities.
This A team won 3-2 in Game 7 in Cincinnati, starting a three-game championship streak.
In their second game since manager Joe Girardi was fired, the Philadelphia Phillies welcome back Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and the skidding Los Angeles Angels.
Girardi paid the price Friday for Philadelphia’s miserable start, becoming the first major league coach to lose his job this year. Bench coach Rob Thomson was named interim manager for the remainder of the season and got off to a good start with a 10-0 victory over the Angels.
“We were all very excited for him,” Phillies slugger Bryce Harper said.
Los Angeles has lost nine straight, its worst slip since an 11-game drought in 2016. The Angels had won 12 straight against the Phillies.
Zack Wheeler (3-3, 3.16 ERA), the NL Pitcher of the Month for May, starts for Philadelphia against Michael Lorenzen (5-2, 3.19).
Trea Turner tries to extend her hitting streak to 27 games when the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the New York Mets.
Tony Gonsolin, Tyler Anderson and the Dodgers limited New York to one point by winning the first two games of a four-game series between the top two teams in the NL. Walker Buehler (6-1, 3.22 ERA) pitches for Los Angeles against southpaw David Peterson (2-0, 3.03).
GOING THE DISTANCE
San Francisco right-hander Logan Webb is 4-0 with a 3.92 ERA in his last seven starts before his release in Miami.
In his last start, Giants manager Gabe Kapler congratulated Webb after eight innings and 98 pitches on Sunday. But Webb then convinced Kapler to let him try his first full game in the major league.
Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber homered in the lead in the ninth, Webb was called out, and San Francisco won in 10 innings.
Pablo López (4-2) leaves for the Marlins.
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