Rapid Reaction: Cubs 4, Dodgers 3
CHICAGO – The Cubs rallied to stun the Dodgers and takea 4-3 victory in the series finale Sunday.
How it happened: David DeJesus walked with the bases loaded after pinch hitter Jeff Samardzija was hit by a pitch as the Cubs pulled off a wild one in 10 innings after trailing in the ninth. Tony Campana tied it with his ninth-inning double and nearly won it but DeJesus was thrown out at the plate. Travis Wood pitched well in a spot start, coming up from Triple-A Iowa to give up three runs on just three hits over six innings. After a two-run home run from the Dodgers’ Juan Rivera in the third inning, Wood retired the last 11 batters he faced.
What it means: The Cubs continue to get solid starts from anybody not named Chris Volstad, but that doesn’t mean the tall right-hander is to blame for the club’s woes. The offense continues to be dreadfully inconsistent, although it finally came to life at the last minute Sunday. In games when the Cubs score four runs or more, they are 7-5. In games they don’t, they were 3-12 heading into play Sunday.
Outside the box: Bryan LaHair had three more hits Sunday to raise his batting average to .390. In the process he has now reached base safely in a team-high 24 consecutive games. It’s the longest such streak for a Cubs first baseman since Derrek Lee reached base in 30 consecutive games from May 16-June 23, 2009.
Off beat: Wood took a comebacker off his leg in the second inning, but when the play was over it was somebody else who was feeling the pain. Jerry Hairston drilled the shot off Wood but suffered a strained left hamstring while running to first base and had to be removed. A similar injury forced red-hot Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp to be scratched from the lineup late. Kemp later pinch hit and flew out.
Up next: The Cubs will send right-hander Jeff Samardzija (3-1, 3.41 ERA) to the mound Monday in the opener of a three-game series against Atlanta. The Braves will counter with right-hander Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.74) in the 7:05 p.m. start from Wrigley Field.