Pitching, pitching, pitching. That’s what wins ballgames, series’, and ultimately, championships. It’s also what the Dodgers had an abundance of in Game 2 against the Chicago Cubs.
Clayton Kershaw retired 14 in a row before giving up a hit, and went on to finish with another excellent two innings.
In the eighth, the skipper brought in Kenley Jansen to get the final six outs. And he did. With authority.
Every precious, perfect Dodgers pitch was needed to make the single run, courtesy of Adrian Gonzalez, stand up to beat the Cubs.
Speaking of pitching, Rich Hill, he of not being allowed a no-hitter just for this occasion fame, takes the mound for the boys in blue. He weighs in with a very respectable ERA of 2.12 and 10.5 K’s per 9 innings, and a 1.00 WHIP.
This will be the first time the Cubs get a gander at Hill as a team, so this should work to his advantage. The learning curve will be steep for Cubs who haven’t faced Hill’s variety of release points and curving flightpaths.
The Cubs answer with Jake Arrieta, 3.10 ERA, 8.7K/9, and 1.08 WHIP.
For the curious, Adrian Gonzalez has a .286/.318/.476/.794 batting line against him.
Here are the starting lineups:
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1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Ben Zobrist, LF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Javier Baez, 2B
6. Jorge Soler, RF
7. Addison Russell, SS
8. Miguel Montero, C
9. Jake Arrieta, P
Forget about the friendly confines, deep dish pizza and ivy-covered walls, the series has shifted to Chavez Ravine and Chef Morito. PLAY BALL!