Chris Valaika will make his first start for the Chicago Cubs at third base in game two against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night at 8:10 p.m. CT on CSN.
Valaika, 28, was called up from Triple-A after hitting .278/.344/.423 with 21 doubles and 10 home runs for 50 RBI in 352 at-bats this season. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer stated on the Kap and Haugh show, Valaika will see time at second base along with Arismendy Alcantara. He has played 12 games at second and third base.
The Cubs have won four of their last five, including three straight and will send Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.38 ERA) as they look for their second straight series win against a National League West opponent.
The 33-year-old rookie left-hander, allowed one run in seven inning for his first Major League victory in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies Monday.
The Dodgers (62-48) entered the series with a season-high six-game winning streak, but it ended with an 8-2 loss to the last-place Cubs (46-62). Hyun-jin Ryu (12-5, 3.44 ERA) will try to help the Dodgers bounce back from their first loss in seven games.
The left-handed Ryu has won his last three starts with 22 strikeouts and two walks in 19 innings. In his last outing against the San Francisco Giants he struck out three and allowed three run over six innings. His only career outing against the Cubs came on Aug. 2, 2013 when he allowed two runs while scattering 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings for a 6-2 L.A. win at Wrigley Field.
Yasiel Puig is 13-for-29 with three doubles, four triples, a one homer and nine runs in his last six games. However, the All-Star right fielder exited Friday’s loss with mild left hamstring soreness in the seventh inning and is out of the lineup along with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (right knee contusion) and A.J. Ellis (sore right knee).