Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 6, Cubs 2
August, 27, 2013
By Jesse Rogers
Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night:
How it happened: Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke broke a scoreless tie with a two-out base hit on an 0-2 pitch in the fourth inning to give the Dodgers the lead for good. Carl Crawford followed with a double that drove in another run. In the sixth, Nick Punto doubled one home off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, who walked five and allowed three to score. His night was done after Punto’s hit. A sacrifice fly by Crawford accounted for the Dodgers fourth run, then Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig hit solo home runs to put the game away. Greinke was superb on the mound, mixing speeds while giving up just five hits and two walks, though he left after 8⅔ innings when a Brian Bogusevic double drove in the Cubs' two runs. At the plate, Greinke had a walk and sacrifice bunt to go along with his go-ahead RBI.
What it means: Arrieta hung in there, but his one weakness has reared its head over his past two starts: He’s walked nine in nine innings of work. Until he shows he can cut down on the free passes, he won’t establish himself as an every-fifth-day starter. He threw 111 pitches in five-plus innings one day after the Cubs played 15 innings in San Diego. That’s not helping your team or bullpen.
Outside the box: Anthony Rizzo returned to batting third in the lineup after being moved up to second for several games. Before the game, Rizzo told reporters he was more comfortable hitting third. Jeff Samardzija was named co-NL player of the week after wins over the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres. His ERA was 1.59.
What’s next: Game 2 of the series takes place on Tuesday, featuring Travis Wood (7-10, 3.22 ERA) and Clayton Kershaw (13-7, 1.72).