The Dodgers gave all the fathers out there the best gift a Dad could receive on Father’s Day; a win. The Dodgers beat the Cubs 3-2 on Sunday afternoon to win the series over the Chicago club three games to one. It certainly wasn’t easy. The Dodgers had to survive a late game rally by the Cubs in order to prevail. But hey a win is a win is a win.
Dodger’s starter Hyun-jin Ryu turned in another sterling performance. The Korean left hander allowed just two unearned runs on seven hits over seven frames while striking out eight. He lowered his ERA to an MLB leading 1.26. He didn’t get the win but he definitely continues to be a front-runner for the National League Cy Young award. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins it.
Chicago starter Jose Quintana was good too. Although with the weak lineup (Hernandez batting lead-off again?…Really?) the Dodgers put out, it wasn’t hard. Quintana allowed just two earned runs on six hits while striking out three. The Dodgers plated a run in the bottom of the first when they got a single from David Freese and drew three consecutive walks. Max Muncy knocked in the run with a bases loaded walk.
The Cubs would plate two in the top of the sixth to take the lead thanks to a Justin Turner throwing error, Kris Bryant bloop single, a Wilson Contreras squeaker through the infield and a sacrifice fly from David Bote. Ryu remained in the game.
Cubs 2 9 0
Dodgers 3 7 1
Cody Bellinger’s solo home run over the center field wall to lead off the bottom of the sixth tied the score at 2-2. The Dodgers could have had more in that inning when Taylor doubled, and Muncy singled and took second on the throw home. The Dodgers had second and third with nobody out. But Russell Martin looked foolish and struck out swinging. Alex Verdugo pinch-hit for Kyle Garlick but the Cubs intentionally walked him to load the bases. The Dodgers let Ryu bat and he struck out. Then pinch-hitter Joc Pederson grounded out to end the frame. It’s a shame that the Dodger bullpen is so bad that they had to let Ryu bat for himself there. Plus with all the stupid platooning there are very few pinch-hitting options available on the bench.
The Dodgers reclaimed the lead off of the Chicago bullpen in the bottom of the eighth. Taylor walked and moved over to second on Muncy’s grounder. Then Martin poked a flare single to left to score Taylor. The throw home was close but Taylor does a superman like dive into home plate just beating the throw. The Dodgers take a 3-2 lead!
Of course nothing is ever easy with an inferior bullpen. Kenley Jansen blower of Saturday night’s game was called in to pitch the ninth again. Ross Stripling had pitched a scoreless eighth previously. Albert Almora singles and Jason Heyward walks. Kyle Schwarber’s grounder moves the runners over to second and third with one out. Good thing the Cubs have not been very good this season with runners in scoring position, but some poor base running helped the Dodgers get out of this. Victor Caratini grounds one back to the box but Almora was running on contact. He tried to score but Kenley tosses to Martin just in time to tag him out. With runners on the corners and two outs, Javier Baez lines out to Verdugo in center as he makes a nice running catch. The Dodgers survive!
There’s some adjustments that need to be made but the Dodgers are still the best team in the National League. That should make our Dads pretty happy. For all of the Fathers out there, from all of use over here….Happy Father’s Day! To my Dad especially, I want to say Happy Papa Day!