Aug 4, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) reacts to striking out against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Series Recap: Cubs vs Dodgers


Now, I know what you’re thinking, what exactly is there to recap? The Cubs got swept and were pitiful at the plate while it was happening.  Ever since the Cubs swept the defending champions, the San Francisco Giants, back on July 26th-28th, they are 1-7.  They lost three of four to the Milwaukee Brewers and then all four to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Cubs scored a total of six runs in the four games against the Dodgers and allowed 16, they were also shut out in the final two games of the series, so maybe an off day today is just what the doctor ordered before going on the road to Philadelphia and St. Louis.

In game one the Cubs scored four runs on just five hits, but got no chances to hit with runners in scoring position, they were 0-1 in that category.  Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo were the stars of that game with two solo home runs a piece.  The Cub pitching struggled, they allowed six earned runs during the game, Chris Rusin was the starter and he allowed four runs over five innings.

Game two was just as big of a struggle pitching wise, and then the offense decided they were going to hop on the struggle bus as well.  They had no problem getting hits, it was just pushing those guys across the plate that was the problem.  The Cubs tallied two runs in the game and had 14 hits.  As a team they were 3-14 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.  The pitching again allowed six earned runs, Travis Wood was the starter and he was very shaky, only getting through three and one thirds innings, giving up seven hits, and five earned runs in that time.  He also threw 96 pitches. Junior Lake was 4-5 and led the offense for the second straight game.

The Cubs again had no problems getting hits in game three, they recorded eight in the game, but they couldn’t push runs across for the second straight day.  They left seven runners on base, but the pitching was definitely better.  Jeff Samardzija had a quality start, he went six innings, gave up seven hits, and three earned runs.  Only problem for Samardzija was he walked five guys over the six innings.  Cole Gillespie had two hits for the team.

Game four might have been the most boring game I have ever seen, it had nothing, just a good old fashioned pitchers duel.  One run was scored and that came in the second inning, after that there was nothing, especially for the Dodgers.  After A.J. Ellis got the hit that won the game for the Dodgers in the second inning, the Dodgers didn’t record a hit.  The Cubs had seven hits, but yet again, no runs.  They left nine men on base and went 1-7 with runners in scoring position.  Carlos Villanueva was basically flawless, allowing two hits and one earned run over six innings pitched.

Hopefully this day off will get the Cubs back on the winning track.  The future, Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, struggled.  Rizzo was 3-16  during the series and Castro was 2-13 and got the day off on Sunday.  The Cubs now sit at 49-62 which is still good enough for fourth in the NL Central.  They will now go on the road for six games before coming home for ten straight games.  Game one against Philadelphia will be tomorrow and the first pitch will be at 6:05 PM CT.  The probable starters for the game are, Kyle Kendrick (9-8) for the Phillies, and Edwin Jackson (7-11) for the Cubs.

Tags: Aj Ellis Anthony Rizzo Carlos Villanueva Chicago Cubs Chris Rusin Cole Gillespie Edwin Jackson Jeff Samardzija Junior Lake Kyle Kendrick Los Angeles Dodgers Milwaukee Brewers Philadelphia Phillies San Francisco Giants Starlin Castro Travis Wood