The Dodgers returned to the scene of the crime, to play the Cubs, the team who ended the Dodgers’ quest to break a generation-long World Series drought, who were on their way to win it all and break their own century-long drought.
Just to remind the Dodgers of last year’s disappointment, the Cubs had a pre-game ceremony to raise their new World Series Championship flag. At least the big Dodger in the sky brought some rain and delayed the Cubs’ fanfare.
Alex Wood went for the Dodgers tonight and he hung tough through the first couple of innings.
John Lester did the same for the Cubs, although the Dodgers squeezed over 50 pitches out of him through their first three ups.
In the third, Wood got two quick outs and then bad luck entered. Yasiel Puig couldn’t catch a foul ball along the seats. That set up a two out walk, which was followed by an RBI double to Kris Bryant.
That hurt as Wood and the Dodgers suddenly couldn’t get the third out. Wood finally got a called strike three on his 47th pitch, and they escaped trailing 0-1.
In the fourth, the Cubs turned a base hit, error and intentional walk into another run. After 75 pitches, and with bases-loaded and Chris Bryant coming to the plate, Alex Wood was done for the night. Ross Stripling got the ball and a pop up to end the threat.
At the end of four, it was 2-0 Cubs but it easily could have been worse.
After their fifth ups, the Dodgers were being one-hit and looking like it.
In the sixth, the Dodgers got on the board with back to back singles that were followed by a Corey Seager RBI double. That was all for the inning as Scott Van Taking Up Space dribbled a little nubber for the third out.
Josh Fields kept the Cubs quiet and at the end of six, it was Cubs up 2-1.
The Dodgers caught some luck to open the 7th. Two walks and catcher’s interference granted them bases loaded and nobody out.
Bases loaded and no one out became three Dodgers trudging off the field to get their mitts, still down 2-1.
Ninth inning and the Dodgers had a chance again with two on and two out, but Logan Forsythe struck out.
The Cubs won in the bottom of the ninth when Kenley Jansen couldn’t get the third out. Cubs win 3-2.
Let’s all forget this terrible night as soon as we can. Day off tomorrow and the teams play again on Wednesday.
Alex Wood went 3 2/3 innings with 3 hits, 2 runs and count em, FIVE walks and 4 Ks. ERA 1.35