BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : DODGERS : Cubs End Up 0-6 in Two Trips to L.A.
The 1991 Chicago Cubs would disagree with the Horace Greeley advice to go west.
The Cubs, 56-44 against the rest of the National League, are 9-21 against the three California teams, and finished ’91 play against the Dodgers Sunday with an 0-6 record in Los Angeles.
It’s the first time since the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn in 1958 that they have swept the Cubs in Los Angeles.
The Dodgers’ 10-2 season advantage represented their most wins against the Cubs since the 1974 team also won 10.
Tom Goodwin, just up from Albuquerque where he batted .273 and stole 48 bases, made his major league debut Sunday, replacing Brett Butler in center field in the seventh and then legging out a ground single wide of first in his first big league at-bat in the eighth.
“He’s a flyer,” executive vice president Fred Claire said of the former Fresno State star and No. 2 draft choice of the Dodgers in 1989. “He’s as fast as anyone you’ll see, and he’ll benefit from being here this month and watching Brett Butler because that’s the type hitter he’s going to be.”
Alfredo Griffin, activated Saturday night, returned to the lineup for the first time since fracturing his cheekbone Aug. 5. Griffin wore a protective plastic mask and said he was distracted by the glare.
“It’s tough enough here for a day game, but this was worse,” he said. “I had a really tough time picking up the ball. I’m going to have to do something about it--maybe paint it.”