A pair of dads will share the Dodger Stadium mound to start Father's Day, as Matt Garza works for Milwaukee against the Dodgers' Kenta Maeda on Sunday in the finale of the teams' four-game series.
Garza, making his second start of the season after rehabbing a lat injury, is a father of six with wife Serina, including twins born last fall. His season debut on Tuesday at San Francisco was forgettable, but injury-free, a four-inning no-decision in which he scattered eight hits, but surrendered only one run.
Dodgers starter Maeda and wife Saho have one child, a daughter. He came to the U.S. from Japan after agreeing to an eight-year contract in January, and through 13 starts ranks among the National League leaders in ERA (2.75, 11th), WHIP (1.08, 14th), opponent batting average (.217, 14th) and opponent slugging (.308, 6th). Maeda took a liner off the leg in his last start against the D-backs, but manager Dave Roberts has been adamant all along that the right-hander would start as scheduled on Sunday.
Things to know about this game:
• Chase Utley was out of the Dodgers lineup Saturday against Brewers starter Chase Anderson because Anderson's changeup gives him reverse splits, but should be back in against Garza. Utley is 2-for-10 in career at-bats against Garza.
• Garza will have to pitch carefully to Howie Kendrick. The infielder is 8-for-15 lifetime against Garza.
• Barring another meeting in the postseason, Sunday will mark Dodgers voice Vin Scully's final broadcast of a game involving the Brewers. Scully, who is retiring after 67 seasons calling games on the radio and television, began broadcasting Dodgers games in 1950, three years before the Braves moved into County Stadium and made Milwaukee a Major League town.
The Dodgers will be in Milwaukee later this month, but Scully no longer travels with the team.