Tied 2nd; -2.5
LAD 2 – CHC 1
The Dodgers avoided a sweep and snapped the Cubs three-game winning streak. Alex Verdugo tripled off Jon Lester in the fifth and scored when Javy Báez misplayed a groundball to short. Cody Bellinger’s bases loaded sac fly off Kyle Ryan in the 8th put the Dodgers ahead, 2-0. The Cubs offense sputtered against starter Ross Stripling and LA’s bullpen; 0-for-6 with RISP and 8 men left on base. Albert Almora made things interesting in the bottom of the 9th with a solo home run off closer Kenley Jansen. But it was too little too late as Jansen struck out David Bote to end the game. The Cubs finished the homestand (4-2) and depart on a five-game road trip through Arizona and Seattle; a 10-game homestand follows.
Jon Lester appears to be healthy after making his first start in 17 days.
5.0 IP – 1 R, 4 H – 0 BB, 5 K – 79 pitches
We can all breathe a sigh of relief.
The Cubs scored 12 of their 15 runs in the series with two outs.
The Cubs 58 runs scored with two outs ranks 4th in the majors.
Kyle Schwarber (1-for-2) doubled for the second time this season, and the first time since Opening Day at Texas.
ONE AND DONE
Ben Zobrist has 15 hits on the season — none for extra bases.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4) has hit safely in his last six games.
Despite making a costly error on Thursday, his third of the season, Báez has accounted for five defensive runs saved — tied for the league lead among shortstops.
2 HR (8)
3 R, 4 RBI
2 R, 3 RBI
BB, 2 K
R, 3 RBI
2 BB, 2 K
ALL ABOUT THE PITCHING
In the past 12 games, the Cubs rotation has a 1.80 ERA.
NEXT – Fri. at ARZ, 8:40 p.m. CT
Kyle Hendricks (1-3, 3.54)
Robbie Ray (0-1, 3.95)