Three years later, Dustin May and Cristian Javier are lined up on the same day. Those are the two 1997-born pitchers who will start for the Dodgers and Astros, respectively, in their series finale on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
In 2017, both were in Low-A, pitching in the Midwest League when their teams meet for a weekend series at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa.
Javier pitched the Saturday game, on July 22, for Quad Cities, the Astros affiliate. He allowed a pair of runs in his five innings, striking out five. Gavin Lux started at second base for Great Lakes, and was 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout against Javier.
Quad Cities trailed 2-1 when Javier left the game, but rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to secure the win.
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On Sunday, May took the mound for the Loons, and pitched into the seventh. He allowed two runs in 6⅔ innings, striking out five for the win. Four starts later, he was promoted to High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
May has more advance notice of this start on Wednesday than he did on Opening Day, when he was scratched from a simulated game the day before in preparation for Clayton Kershaw potentially being out. May, the first Dodgers rookie since Fernando Valenzuela 39 years ago to start Opening Day, allowed a run in 4⅓ innings, striking out four.
“For Dustin to step in on Opening Day, man that is no small feat, and he did it, I don’t know if effortlessly is the right word, but it seemed like he didn’t bat an eye, and goes in there and pump strikes,” Ross Stripling said on a conference call Wednesday. “He’s going to get a good test here in Houston tonight, but he’s obviously really good against righties. I expect him to go out there and compete like he has basically from day one in the big leagues.”
Javier was one of the nine rookies in the Astros bullpen, and one of seven to make his major league debut in the last week. He pitched a scoreless inning on Saturday.
With the right-hander Javier starting for Houston, Joc Pederson is back in the Dodgers’ lineup, starting in left field. Matt Beaty makes his 2020 debut with a start at designated hitter.
Time: 4:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, ESPN (blacked out in-market)