In 1955, the Chicago Cubs prevented the Dodgers from matching a team record for consecutive road victories. Chicago had another chance to accomplish that feat in the second game of this series but Los Angeles won, and now the 2013 Dodgers can stand alone atop the franchise record books.
Los Angeles goes for its 13th straight win away from home Saturday, and it will send a pitcher to the mound who has dominated the Cubs.
The Brooklyn Dodgers came into Wrigley Field on May 11, 1955, with an opportunity to win their 12th consecutive road game and tie the team mark set by the Brooklyn Robins in 1924, but the Cubs put an end to that streak with a 10-8 victory.
The Dodgers (59-49) arrived in Chicago this week with 10 wins in a row on the road, the longest run since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958, and they've won the first two of this four-game set to equal the franchise record.
Los Angeles has won 29 of 36 overall to vault into first place in the NL West.
"It's pretty special," said Nick Punto, who had two hits and drove in two runs in Friday's 6-2 win. "Pretty cool. Since 1924 someone was saying. That's really cool. This is a really special team."
The Dodgers appear to have a good chance to set the record with Chris Capuano (3-6, 4.54 ERA) getting the ball. He's 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA and two complete games in his last nine starts against the Cubs.
Capuano hasn't allowed a run over 24 innings in winning his last three starts at Wrigley Field, and he's 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA in seven starts there.
The left-hander, though, has been inconsistent since the end of June; he's allowed zero, seven, six, zero, five and zero runs in his past six starts.
Capuano gave up three hits and didn't issue a walk in 6 2-3 innings Sunday as the Dodgers beat Cincinnati 1-0 in 11 innings on Yasiel Puig's walkoff home run.
Los Angeles is 36-17 since calling Puig up from Double-A Chattanooga on June 3, and he's put on quite a show so far in this series. The 22-year-old is 4 for 7 with a homer, two walks, a hit by pitch and has made some dazzling catches in the outfield.
Another young player has excelled in this series.
Chicago outfielder Junior Lake, 23, went 4 for 5 on Friday after hitting a pair of solo home runs Thursday. Lake, batting .358, is the first Cubs player since at least 1916 to collect four hits twice in his first 16 games.
"(I) feel so good," he said through an interpreter. "(I'm seeing) the ball real well now."
Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.75) will try to give Cubs fans something to cheer about with Chicago (49-60) dropping five of six on its eight-game homestand.
The right-hander has pitched well since allowing a career high-tying nine runs in a 13-2 loss to the Angels on July 10, going 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his past three outings.
Samardzija gave up three hits, walked two and struck out seven over seven scoreless innings Monday before Milwaukee scored five times in the ninth to come away with the win.
He lost his only start against the Dodgers after allowing five runs over 5 1-3 innings in Los Angeles on Aug. 3, 2012.
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