Game One Hundred Twenty – Cubs 1 Dodgers 2
WP – Randy Wolf (8-6) LP – Randy Wells (9-6) Save – Jonathan Broxton (27)
The Cubs offense managed just four baserunners and one hit while the Dodgers’ two runs were both unearned … and scored on a two-out double by Randy Wolf following an error by Aramis Ramirez. It was that kind of night and it has been that kind of season.
No tipping of the hat here, while Randy Wolf did his job, the Cubs’ offense continued to show little to no patience at the plate … the m.o. of the 2009 Chicago Cubs. Randy Wolf faced two over the minimum in seven innings and the only hit, a single in the third inning by Ryan Theriot, drove in the Cubs only run.
Sam Fuld worked a one-out walk in the third, the Cubs’ first baserunner. Randy Wells sacrificed him to second and Ryan Theriot hit a ball just out of the reach of Rafael Furcal into left. Fuld scored but Theriot was picked off first to end the inning with Milton Bradley at the plate. Theriot broke for second and was retired 1-3-6.
Randy Wolf retired the Cubs in order in five of his seven innings on just 88 pitches … his second win of the year at Dodger Stadium.
Randy Wells struggled with his command early on and had trouble finding a rhythm but settled down and did his job. The big hit of the game came off the bat of Randy Wolf. After an error by Aramis Ramirez allowed Orlando Hudson to reach and keep the inning alive, Randy Wolf lined Wells’ first pitch into right center. The ball rolled all the way to the wall. Both Russell Martin and Hudson scored the Dodgers’ only runs of the game. With the two RBI on Friday night, Randy Wolf became the first Dodgers’ pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in 1990 to record 11 RBI in a single season.
Randy Wells allowed two runs, both unearned, on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings with two walks and three strikeouts.
Alfonso Soriano walked to start the eighth, the only hitter to reach leading off an inning. Geovany Soto popped out to shallow center but Soriano stole second with Sam Fuld at the plate. George Sherrill retired Fuld and pinch-hitter Jake Fox on groundouts to short to end the inning.
Sam Fuld provided another highlight reel catch on Friday night. Fuld took a home run away from Manny Ramirez in the eighth … and Carlos Marmol settled down and put together a good outing in his first action since being named the team’s closer.
The Cubs lost for the fourth time in the last five games and have dropped 11 of their last 15. Lou Piniella’s crew will enter play on Saturday just two games over .500. Long-time readers of the CCO might be looking for more in tonight’s recap, but there really was not any information or details omitted. When one team manages just one hit and four total baserunners … and the other team’s runs are unearned following an error and a double by the opposing team’s pitcher … It’s just one of those games.
Ted Lilly will face knuckle-baller Charlie Haeger on Saturday afternoon.