Cubs Walk-Off with a Series Win over the Dodgers – Cubs 4, Dodgers 3

Game Twenty-Eight – Cubs 4, Dodgers 3 – 11 innings
WP – Rafael Dolis (2-2) LP – Jamey Wright (1-2) Save – None

wflag.jpgFor the first time this season when trailing by three runs, the Cubs fought back and won a ballgame … and it was a bases loaded walk by David DeJesus in the 11th inning that forced in the winning run.

Darwin Barney (1-for-4, a double, a run scored and a walk) led off the 11th with a hustle double to left. Barney hit a high chopper off the top of Adam Kennedy’s glove. The ball ended up in shallow left, Barney hustled out of the box and slid in safe at second. The Dodgers intentionally walked Welington Castillo to face Jeff Baker, who was in the on deck circle. Dale Sveum called Baker back and sent up Jeff Samardzija to bunt. Jamey Wright hit Samardzija with his first pitch to load the bases with no outs. After a meeting on the mound, Don Mattingly brought a fifth infielder in, rearranged his outfield and left Wright into face David DeJesus.

David DeJesus (1-for-3, three walks, a run scored and a RBI) looked at two straight before fouling off Wright’s third pitch. DeJesus expanded his strike zone on a 3-1 pitch and swung at ball four. But Wright’s 3-2 offering was low and in. DeJesus trotted to first, Barney scored from third … Cubs Win!

The game finally got underway after a two hour and 41-minute rain delay and the Cubs played from behind all afternoon. The Cubs had plenty of opportunities to tie or take the lead but were unable to come up with the big hit until the bottom of the ninth.

Tony Campana (2-for-4, two doubles and a RBI) drove in the tying run in the ninth on his second double of the game. Ian Stewart reached on a pinch-hit single and advanced to second on David DeJesus’ second walk of the game. Campana pulled a 1-0 pitch into the gap in right center. Stewart scored easily but Pat Listach sent DeJesus and a perfect rely by the Dodgers nailed DeJesus at the plate.

Travis Wood made his Cubs’ debut on Sunday afternoon and after a shaky start Wood settled in and put together a quality start. Wood threw 71 pitches (44 for strikes) in the first three innings but was able to find a rhythm and threw only 29 over his last three innings of work. Wood left after six innings and throwing 100 pitches, 65 for strikes. Wood sat down the Dodgers in order in the fourth (six pitches), fifth (13 pitches) and sixth (10 pitches) innings and ended up retiring 11 in a row after serving up the two-run homer to Juan Rivera in the third inning.

Travis Wood allowed three runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts in six innings … and he contributed at the plate. Wood finished 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in his first big league game of the year.

The bullpen did a terrific job in relief of Travis Wood. Shawn Camp pitched a perfect seventh, James Russell tossed two scoreless and Rafael Dolis picked up the win after pitching two shutout innings.

Bryan LaHair (3-for-4 with a double and a walk) just keeps on hitting. LaHair reached base four times in five at bats Sunday. LaHair has now reached base safely in the last 24 games he’s played in. Starlin Castro (1-for-5 with two RBI) drove in the Cubs’ first two runs with a single in the third.

The Cubs offense pounded out 12 hits, walked seven times and finished the game 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on base.

With Sunday’s victory (3-2 on Sundays in 2012), the Cubs improved to 11-17 on the season …

Travis Wood put together a decent first inning. Wood issued a one-out walk to Mark Ellis but struck out Andre Ethier and Juan Rivera swinging to end the inning. Wood threw 16 pitches in the first, nine for strikes.

Aaron Harang made quick work of David DeJesus to start the bottom of the first. DeJesus fouled out to Loney in foul ground on a 1-1 pitch. Tony Campana put together a long at bat that resulted in a hustle double to left center. Campana took off for third on Harang’s first pitch to Castro. A.J. Ellis threw out Campana easily and Starlin Castro struck out swinging to end the inning.

Jerry Hairston, Jr led off the second with an infield single off Wood’s glove. Hairston appeared to injury a hamstring running to first and was replaced by Adam Kennedy. Wood retired James Loney on a pop out to shallow left (1-2 pitch). Alfonso Soriano made a basket catch running in toward the infield. Wood began struggling with his command at that point.

Travis Wood issued back-to-back walks to A.J. Ellis (3-2 pitch) and Tony Gwynn, Jr (3-2 pitch) to load the bases with one out. Aaron Harang hit Wood’s first pitch to second. Darwin Barney threw to Starlin Castro with Gwynn barreling down on him. Castro jumped over Gwynn and threw to first. Bryan LaHair could not scoop the low throw and Kennedy scored from third. Dee Gordon grounded out to second (Barney threw to second) to end the inning. Travis Wood threw 26 pitches in the second, 16 for strikes (42 total, 25 for strikes).

Bryan LaHair walked to start the second. Alfonso Soriano flied out to right on Harang’s first pitch. Joe Mather advanced LaHair to second with a swinging bunt (fielded by Harang) but Darwin Barney lined out to Loney (1-1 pitch) for the third out.

Travis Wood continued struggling with his command in the third and the Dodgers took advantage. Mark Ellis singled to left center (2-2 pitch) to start the inning. Wood struck out Andre Ethier (2-2 pitch) looking for the first out. Juan Rivera lifted a 2-0 pitch into left and the ball ended up in the bleachers for a two-run shot. Adam Kennedy tapped back to Wood (1-1 pitch) and James Loney popped out to shallow center (3-2 pitch) to end the inning.

After two and a half, the Cubs trailed 3-0 and Wood’s pitch count stood at 71, 44 for strikes.

Welington Castillo grounded out to short to start the bottom of the third. The right-handed hitting Travis Wood pulled a 1-0 pitch from Harang into the left field corner. Wood ended up at second with a double. David DeJesus walked on four pitches.

Tony Campana grounded out to second (2-2 pitch) and his productive out put runners on second and third for Starlin Castro. Castro ripped a 2-0 pitch back up the middle. Wood and DeJesus scored, 3-2 Dodgers. Castro was thrown out at second trying to advance when Gwynn’s throw was allowed to go through to the plate (8-2-4).

Travis Wood retired the Dodgers in order in the fourth. Wood threw 77 pitches in first four innings, 48 for strikes.

Bryan LaHair led off the bottom of the fourth with another impressive at bat. LaHair went with a 2-2 pitch and drove it down the left field line. LaHair ended up at second with a double but was stranded after Soriano (flied out to right), Mather (popped out to short) and Barney (grounded out to third) went down in order quickly to end the inning.

Travis Wood sat down the Dodgers in order in the fifth … 90 pitches for Wood after five, 59 for strikes.

After Welington Castillo grounded out to third to start the fifth, Travis Wood notched his second hit of the game, a single to right center. David DeJesus blooped a single into center (1-2 pitch). Tony Campana hit a 1-2 pitch back to the mound. Harang decided against second base and threw to first just in time to nail the hustling Campana.

With runners on second and third with two down, Starlin Castro tipped a 1-2 pitch into Ellis’ glove to end the inning.

Travis Wood ended his afternoon by retiring the Dodgers in order in the sixth … 1-2-3 on 10 pitches, six for strikes.

Bryan LaHair reached for the third time in as many at bats to start the sixth. LaHair singled to left on a 3-2 pitch. Alfonso Soriano shattered his bat on a 0-1 pitch and hit a weak grounder to third. Adam Kennedy fumbled the ball but recovered in time to throw out Soriano at first. LaHair ended up at second and advanced to third when Joe Mather grounded out to third. Darwin Barney walked.

With runners on first and third with two out, Welington Castillo looked at three out of the zone before taking a strike. Castillo ripped a 3-1 pitch toward short. Dee Gordon bobbled but due to Castillo’s speed and the fact he smoked the 3-1 offering from Harang, Gordon had plenty of time to throw out Castillo at first to end the inning.

Shawn Camp retired the Dodgers in order in the seventh.

Reed Johnson hit for Camp to start the bottom of the seventh and walked. Dale Sveum called for a hit and run on the first pitch to David DeJesus. DeJesus smoked the ball into right center. Andre Ethier made an excellent running catch and Johnson made it back to first safely. Campana tried to bunt for a hit but was able to advance Johnson to second. Starlin Castro grounded out to short (1-2 pitch) to end the inning.

James Russell faced the minimum in the eighth after giving up a bloop single to Dee Gordon to start the inning. Mark Ellis fouled out to Barney and Ethier grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.

Bryan LaHair led off the eighth with his third hit of the game, a single to right. Soriano predictably struck out swinging. Kenley Jansen uncorked a wild pitch on a 0-2 offering to Joe Mather. LaHair ended up at second with one out. Mather flied out to left and Barney struck out swinging to end the inning.

James Russell pitched the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Juan Rivera (2-2 pitch). Adam Kennedy flied out to left center for the first out. After missing on the first pitch to James Loney, Welington Castillo threw a strike to Castro. Rivera tried to take second but stopped. Castro threw a bullet to LaHair … that he just missed. The ball rolled in front of the Dodgers’ dugout and Rivera ended up at second. Loney grounded out to second (2-1 pitch). Rivera ended up at third with two down. A.J. Ellis flied out to right (3-2 pitch) to end the inning.

The Cubs went to the ninth trailing 3-2.

Javy Guerra struck out Welington Castillo swinging to start the ninth. Ian Stewart hit for James Russell and singled to right on the ninth pitch of the at bat (3-2 pitch). David DeJesus walked and Don Mattingly made his way to the mound. After a brief discussion, Mattingly went back to the dugout and Tony Campana stepped in.

Tony Campana pulled a 1-0 pitch into the gap in right. Ian Stewart rumbled around third and scored the tying run. Pat Listach sent DeJesus and Mark Ellis threw a strike to A.J. Ellis to cut down DeJesus at the plate. Starlin Castro struck out swinging to end the ninth.

Rafael Dolis retired the Dodgers in order in the tenth.

Jamey Wright started the bottom of the tenth by striking out LaHair swinging (1-2 pitch). Soriano hit a 2-0 pitch toward third for a routine out and Joe Mather reached on a swinging bunt up the third baseline (1-1 pitch). With Darwin Barney at the plate, Mather was picked off first to end the inning.

Rafael Dolis started the 11th and induced a grounder to the hole at short off the bat of Mark Ellis. Starlin Castro made an excellent play to retire Ellis for the first out. Dolis then fell behind Ethier 3-0. The Dodgers’ right fielder swung at the next pitch and grounded out to Barney. Juan Rivera blooped a single into right on Dolis’ first pitch. Dolis focused and stuck out Adam Kennedy swinging (0-2 pitch) to end the inning.

Darwin Barney, who was at the plate when Mather was picked off to end the tenth, led off the 11th with a hustle double to left. Barney hit a high bouncer on a 1-2 offering that hit off the top of Kennedy’s glove at third and ended up in shallow left. Wright intentionally walked Welington Castillo with Jeff Baker in the on deck circle.

Dale Sveum called Baker back and sent up Jeff Samardzija to drop down a bunt. Wright hit Samardzija on his first pitch to load the bases with no outs.

Don Mattingly had a lefty warming in the pen but stuck with Jamey Wright. Mattingly did bring a fifth infielder in and shuffled his outfield.

David DeJesus looked at two straight out of the zone before fouling off Wright’s third pitch. DeJesus then expanded his strike zone on a 3-1 offering and swung over the top of ball four. Wright’s next pitch was down and in. DeJesus took itCubs Win!

Even with the two hour and 41-minute rain delay and three hours and 39 minutes of baseball, Sunday was a good game and a very good win for Sveum’s Cubs.

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The Cubs open a three-game series with the Braves under the lights Monday at Wrigley. Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Tommy Hanson in the opener.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Look at this lineup!

    #2 hitter batting .325 with 7/9 in SB
    #3 hitter batting .345 
    #4 hitter batting .390 and slugging .779

    They are making some excitement in Wrigleyville. 

    • paulcatanese

      Right you are, and I am enjoying it with my Ribs and Saurkraut,
      fun game.

  • Chadaudio

    Cubs Win!!

    Another solid showing by the bullpen… good to see.

    • paulcatanese

      Absolutly, and the wife asked if Marmol was in the park, and don’t let him near the game:)

      • Chadaudio

        LoL… who knows. Even Marmol started to pull it together when not closing last game.

  • John G

    I didn’t get to see or hear the game today, But from Neil’s description I would have to say that was an imposter on the mound for LA in the 11th inning. It wasn’t Jamey Wright at all, it was Carlos Marmol doing a Jamey Wright imitation. Or maybe it actually was Jamey Wright doing a Carlos Marmol imitation. Whatever, it has to be nice seeing the shoe on the other foot for a change, especially against a team that has been as hot as LA. We may not end up with a great record this year (understatement?) but its really much more fun watching these guys play than it was last year or the year before. I have good feelings about the future. Maybe its the blue kool-aid talking.

  • Chadaudio

    So, lets start talking about the Blake Dewitt roster slot. Will Cardenas get called up tomorrow?

    • Neil

      Short answer … yes. Cardenas should be called up tomorrow.

      • Tony_Hall

        Any chance he will start 4+ times a week?  We need his bat in the lineup, and between 2B and 3B I think that should be possible.

        And as always your recaps and everyone’s comments are great.  I didn’t get to see any of the games on Saturday or Sunday but after reading everything, feel like I got to see it.  Thanks Neil.

        • Chadaudio

          So True.  I’m usually able to listen to most of the games, but I still get a lot more info after reading Neil’s summaries.

  • John_CC

    Next question comes from Cpt. Obvious:

    Did Wood earn another start?

    • GaryLeeT

       Not over Volstad. He was always deep in the counts, very few swings & misses, and had 70 pitches after the 3rd. Let’s just say, Wood was a Kemp away from getting taken out back to his shed.

  • John_CC

    So, where did this bullpen come from?

    Not that I will expect a run of innings like tonight’s every time, but man. Kids are gaining confidence, and that is good.

    I reckon now we’ll get to see how Cashner handles the 9th inning duty.

    Last thought: what if…what IF Brian LaHair pulled some sort of Joey Bat routine this year?  Not saying, just dreaming…

  • John_CC

    I’m watching the last 4 innings, just got to Campy’s RBI in the 9th…and Paul, I’m with you man, I have no problem with sending DeJesus there. Sure, man on third with 1 out is better odds, but you go for the win at home. And like you noted, it took a perfect relay to get him. Castro is up with a man on 3B, still a good chance to win the ballgame.

    What great come back.

    Alright, back to the action, I haven’t seen the win yet…

    • paulcatanese

      When you got to the win, it had to be just as enjoyable:)

      • John_CC

         It was really nice!  I love Shark taking one off his pitching arm and being quite happy about it!

        For a little comic relief I watched the 17th inning of the Orioles – BoSox game.  Chris Davis was like 0-8 w 5K and then pitched two scoreless innings! In the 17th he Kd AGon. Hilarious, watch it if you have the MLB tv archive access, so good.

    • Jknoes14

      I’d still rather see Castro up with 1 out and a man on third rather than two outs. In my mind that would’ve got us the win earlier. That being said – I’m glad they won. :)

      • paulcatanese

        Not dis-agreeing with you, that would have been ok.The book say’s it could be done either way.My preference would have been the way it was done. I feel if you can do it now do it and not give the other team another at bat.
        That was a play the Dodgers had to make and they did, nine times out of ten a team dosent make it.
        What was lost in the play was Campana should have been credited with a triple as he never stopped rounding second base and was halfway or more on his way to third.
        At any rate a good risk-reward situation for the Cubs and I would say the aggresive baserunning was correct in that situation.
        Apples and oranges, you’re right, I’m right, the end result, they won.
        As much as I was unhappy with the at bat that DeJesus almost didn’t get because he was swinging instead of taking, I was also unhappy with the unsuccesful attempt by Campana to steal third in the first inning. Everyone in the park knew he was going on the first pitch. Not a good move if you don’t get the proper jump, and he did not, plus the catcher for the Dodgers has a complete gun, bad move by my buddy Tony.

        • Jknoes14

          Fully agree – let’s hope we can enjoy a few more of these exciting wins in the weeks ahead. Would love to see them somehow get back to .500 before Jackson and Rizzo make their way up. I might be dreaming, but that has the potential to make for an exciting summer.