CHICAGO – They felt like it was coming a couple of days earlier and now there is evidence of it. The Los Angeles Dodgers have gone from ice-cold to surprisingly dangerous.
How it happened: What appeared to be a mismatch didn’t play out that way. The Dodgers were all over Lester in the first two innings, jumping to a 4-0 lead on the strength of four hits and four walks. Lester appeared to be arguing with plate umpire Andy Fletcher, who then got into it with catcher David Ross and manager Joe Maddon. Lester stayed in the game, but not for long. The Dodgers chased him after four innings, Lester’s shortest start of the season. It could have been worse for Lester. Chris Denorfia made a diving catch on a ball in the gap and Ross threw a base-stealer out at third in the first two innings.
Dodgers starter Carlos Frias was far from dominant, allowing seven hits and three walks, but he managed to evade all sorts of trouble in his five innings. The Dodgers’ bullpen played a large part in each of the past two victories. Joel Peralta and J.P. Howell, the elder statesmen of the Dodgers’ bullpen, got the game to the late-inning relievers without allowing Chicago to score. Jimmy Rollins made a nice catch of Lester’s smash up the middle to turn an inning-ending double play in the second inning.
What it means: The Dodgers are riding their first two-game winning streak in two weeks.
Notable: Justin Turner came a fraction of an inch from hitting his 11th home run in the seventh inning. The ball appeared to strike the yellow line on the basket that runs along the left-field wall. Crew chief Jerry Meals ordered a review and umpires in New York overruled the initial ruling and Turner ended up with a triple. He did not score. … It was a bit like a T-ball game, in that everybody got to participate. Aside from Yasiel Puig, who was out with a torn callus on his palm and catcher Yasmani Grandal, every Dodgers position player got in the game. Cubs utility guy Chris Coghlan started in left field, went to second, back to left field and then back to second. … Alex Guerrero, who has been criticized for his defense, particularly in left field, made a strong throw to get Coghlan at the plate in the fourth inning. ... Joc Pederson apparently lost track of the outs in the ninth inning and was doubled up on Enrique Hernandez's deep fly ball to center field.
Up next: The Dodgers move on to Miami, where they play the Marlins on Friday at 4:10 p.m. PT. Brett Anderson (3-4, 3.29 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers, who will face Miami left-hander Justin Nicolino (1-0, 0.00 ERA).