Game preview: Dodgers (26-20) @ Cubs (22-25)
Going for two of three against the Dodgers and some semblance of momentum as the Cardinals come to town over the weekend.
Dodgers against Ted Lilly (1-4, 4.30):
Martin 2, Paul 9, Kemp 8, Blake 5, Loney 3, Johnson 7, DeWitt 4, Carroll 6, Ely 1
Cubs against John Ely (3-1, 3.41):
Theriot 4, Castro 6, Lee 3, Byrd 8, Fukudome 9, Nady 7, Baker 5, Soto 2, Lilly 1
Lilly hasn't won since his first start of the year (4/24) in Milwaukee though he's coming off a strong effort last week against the Rangers: two runs on six hits over 6 2/3.
Ely, going for a fourth straight win, has sparkled for the Dodgers in his rookie season. Until issuing a first-inning walk last time out against the Tigers, he had gone 89 batters without giving up a base on balls and for the season, he has fanned 28 against just three unintentional walks.
The 24-year-old Ely also hails from Harvey, Illinois--former home of the great Lou Boudreau--but his wheelchair-bound father won't be in attendance.
"It's part mobility issues, because Wrigley isn't wheelchair-friendly," said Ely, "and partly because he's a die-hard White Sox fan and he doesn't come here."