What a rough three game series for the Chicago Cubs as far as facing the oppositions strong point in the pitching rotation. Zack Grienke, Clayton Kershaw, and Ricky Nolasco, that’s what the Cubs had on their plate over the last three days and somehow they managed to steal a game, game two against Kershaw.
But, game three was a rough ride for the Cubs offense. They ran into a pitcher in Nolasco who, has already beaten them this month, and is absolutely red hot. Five days ago Nolasco went eight innings, gave up two hits, and had six strikeouts against the Boston Red Sox. Today, nothing changed. Nolasco went eight innings, gave up three hits, and had eleven strikeouts. He also earned his 11th victory of the season leading the Dodgers to a 4-0 victory.
The Cubs offense only managed three hits total for the game, catcher Welington Castillo had two of the three hits and the other came from Anthony Rizzo. Edwin Jackson got tagged with his 14th loss compared to seven wins on the year. He went six and two thirds innings, gave up six hits, four runs, with just two being earned.
For the Dodgers, they were able to double up the Cubs in the hit column with six, and then they had the four runs. It started early in the first when Hanley Ramirez hit a monster shot to left field off of Jackson, Ramirez’s 15th home run of the year. Then in the fourth inning, Andre Ethier also homered to push the lead to 2-0, that home run was Ethier’s 10th of the year. In the fifth with runners on first and second, pitcher Ricky Nolasco laid down a bunt back to pitcher Edwin Jackson, instead of doing the smart thing and taking the out at first, Jackson tries to make the throw to third and throws it no where near third basemen Cody Ransom into left field allowing Juan Uribe to score from second. Skip Schumaker then came up and singled in another run to push the lead to four.
Andre Ethier led the charge for the Dodgers, he had two hits in four trips including a home run mentioned earlier. Youngster Yasiel Puig was pulled after the fifth inning by manager Don Mattingly for an “undisclosed reason.”
The Cubs lost manager Dale Sveum in the first inning of the game today for arguing balls and strikes, I find it weird though because he was pitched by first base umpire Lance Barksdale, who obviously doesn’t call balls and strikes.
The Cubs will get a day off tomorrow and will pick things back up at home on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies. The opener is scheduled for 1:20 PM CT on Friday and the probable starters are scheduled to be, Roy Halladay (3-4) for the Phils and Jeff Samardzija (8-11) for the Cubbies.
Topics: Andre Ethier, Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs, Clayton Kershaw, Cody Ransom, Dale Sveum, Edwin Jackson, Hanley Ramirez, Jeff Samardzija, Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Ricky Nolasco, Roy Halladay, Skip Schumaker, Welington Castillo, Yasiel Puig, Zack Grienke