The night started out well enough. It was a beautiful Los Angeles evening, and fans were enjoying their new Enrique Hernandez bobbleheads. The new Dodgers ace, Ross Stripling was on the mound, and the Dodgers even broke the seal on the scoreboard early.
In the second inning, Max Muncy walked, stole second, and was brought home on an RBI single by Cody Bellinger. Cody advanced to third on a Cubs throwing error, and the boys were in business. Then the slide toward defeat began.
Yasiel Puig hit into a fielders choice and Bellinger was caught in a run down. He milked it long enough for Puig to have run to second and back twice, but when the Cubs tagged Bellinger out, they had time to throw over to first and get Puig for a rally and inning-killing double play. It turned out Puig disregarded his first base coach’s instruction to turn and head for first and, and he took the long run towards RF. By the time Puig realized he should be heading to second it was far too late, and he was caught trying to return to first. A classic boner.
Stripling kept the Cubs scoreless through the first four innings, despite the fact he allowed more base runners than we like to see. In the fifth he gave up a solo home run to Javy Baez. The Dodgers came back in the bottom half of the inning on a single by Cody Bellinger, a swiped second base on a wild pitch, and an RBI single from Austin Barnes. The Dodgers had a 3-2 lead.
Then the wheels fell off Puig’s glove in the sixth. Yimi Garcia replaced Stripling, who was at 86 pitches and was possibly tired. I would have preferred he go seven if he had enough gas. Garcia immediately gave up a single and then Puig had a fly ball go off the top of his glove for an error. It was just a bad play that everyone makes, Puig being one of the last guys to make it, but he did – and it was costly. Another Cubs single tied the game at three.
With two out, Roberts lifted Garcia for Edward Paredes. He loaded the bases and gave a fat one to Baez, who promptly deposited it in the pavilions for a Cubs grand slam. Chicago went up 7-2. The eighth saw the Cubs score another and the Dodgers two. It was 8-4 going to the ninth.
The Dodgers might have had a chance to get the game closer, but Roberts insisted on the idiocy of Logan Forsythe batting in the middle of the order. This was a stupid decision from the get-go, as Forsythe came into the game 0 for 17 against Cubs starter Jon Lester. Why bat Forsythe fifth?????
Even worse than that, with your team getting off the floor and getting within four runs, with runners on base in a late inning rally – why, WHY would you allow an already 0 for 3, .210 hitter anywhere near the plate with a possible comeback on the line? None of would, but Dave Roberts sent Forsythe to the plate with two out. Naturally, he bounced out and the rally was over. Despite the formality of a ninth inning, the game was over as well. Utterly frustrating.
The Cubs went on to score again in the ninth, but by then, most of the Kike bobbeheads had left and were on their way home.