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Friday, August 2, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 6, Cubs 2

By Jesse Rogers


CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

How it happened: The Dodgers scored early and often against Travis Wood on a rare off day for the Cubs lefty. Wood lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up seven hits, five walks and five runs. It didn't help that David DeJesus made a couple of miscues in center field, which helped the Dodgers jump out to a 5-1 lead after 3 1/2 innings. Nick Punto drove in two runs with two hits, and Yasiel Puig was on base three times and drove one home. The Cubs' star on offense was Junior Lake, who went 4-for-5. Cole Gillespie had three hits, but the Cubs managed only single runs in the second and fourth innings -- despite getting 14 hits for the game. Gillespie and Darwin Barney had the RBIs in for the Cubs.

What it means: Lake told reporters on Thursday night he was starting to hit pitches he previously had trouble with, and now he's back on a hot streak, raising his average to .364. He's getting hits on both fastballs and off-speed pitches, which is a good sign for his development. ... There isn't a lot of concern with Wood, but he simply hasn't been as dominant a pitcher lately. This might have been his worst performance evidenced by his four consecutive walks in the third inning.

Outside the box: Lake became the first Cub since 1916 to have two four-hit games within his first 16 in the big leagues. He's the first major leaguer to do it in a decade. ... Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and second baseman Mark Ellis were both ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the fourth inning.

What's next: Game 3 of the series takes place Saturday at 3:05 p.m. CT featuring a pitching matchup of Jeff Samardzija and Chris Capuano.