How it happened: Travis Wood outdueled Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and also scored the game’s first run after singling off Kershaw in the third inning. A catcher’s interference call put him on second, and he scored on a Dioner Navarro base hit. The Cubs chased Kershaw in the sixth after Starlin Castro drove in Cody Ransom with a hit. The Dodgers finally got to Wood in the bottom of the sixth when Juan Uribe drove in Hanley Ramirez with a two-out single. Then, a Brian Bogusevic double play with the bases loaded in the eighth inning scored the Cubs' third run. The Dodgers pulled to within one on an Andre Ethier single in the bottom of the eighth that scored Ramirez again, but that’s as close as they got to tying the game. Wood was great, going seven innings while giving up just five hits and one unearned run.
What it means: The Cubs chased Kershaw by elevating his pitch count. He threw the ball 107 times in just 5.2 innings as the Cubs went deep into counts by fouling off good pitches. It made a big difference in the game because Travis Wood was able to pitch with a lead for a change. The at-bats by the Cubs are the kind they wouldn’t mind going forward. Even if they aren’t scoring a lot of runs against the starter, running up pitch counts forces opponents to their middle bullpen, which opens the possibility to add on runs. The Cubs were able to do that by getting the winning run to cross the plate against middle man Ronald Belisario.