The Dodgers faced the Cubs and old friend Brett Anderson in an afternoon game today with barely a breeze blowing.
With each team winning a tough game so far, this rubber match would probably be won by the winds created by the team who wanted it more. Justin Turner returned to the lineup after sitting out last night’s contest, so he could be the difference-maker. Then again, Scott Van What’s-He-Still-Doing-Here? and Kike were starting also, so there was that to contend with.
Hyun-Jin Ryu took to the mound for the Dodgers. He gave up a first inning home run to Anthony Rizzo, and the way the afternoon turned out – much like Andrew Toles‘ homer last night – that was really all the margin needed.
The Dodgers opened the fourth inning with some hope of a rally in the form of two on and no out. Here’s how they spoiled that:
The Dodgers’ failure to score came back to bite them when Addison Russell took Ryu deep for a solo homer in their half of the fourth. Cubs 2 – 0.
The boys managed to load the bases again in the fifth. Yasiel Puig came up with those loaded bases and two out. The Cubs cashed in on his over-aggressiveness and played him like a piano. They came at him very low and away, and at least he didn’t bit at that one. Puig then swung at and missed a high fastball for strike one. Then he watched one go right down the pipe for strike two, and he popped up and out on another high strike. The only pitch he should have swung at was the one he didn’t. *sigh*
The Cubs rallied in the fifth to score another two runs and knock Ryu out of the game. After five it was Cubs 4, Dodgers 0.
It could have been worse, however, but Kiké Enrique Hernandez made a great play to save a run. He charged in from LF to back up Turner on a throw from Puig out in right. Turner couldn’t handle the throw, but Kiké was there to field the ricochet and throw Schwarber out at the plate. It was an outstanding play!
That, and continued magnificence by the bullpen were the last positive things for the Dodgers today. They went quietly over the last few innings and lost 4-0.
They may have won one game, but across the series, the Cubs schooled the Dodgers in how to look like a Worlds Champion. The boys limp home with a .500 record, stuck in third place, and will now face their NL West opponents, the Diamondbacks and the Rockies.
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Team with RISP: (It’s really better you don’t look) 0 for 10
Ryu (0-2) went 4 2/3 innings with 6 hits, 4 runs, 5 Ks and 2 walks. ERA 5.79