Game One Hundred-Nine: Cubs 2, Dodgers 5 – 12 innings
WP – Jamey Wright (4-2) LP – Blake Parker (1-1) Save – None
It took extra innings for the third time in five days to decide the outcome of a Cubs game. And for the second time the Cubs ended up on the losing end of a long game as the Dodgers beat the Cubs in 12 innings on Saturday night to take game two of the series.
Hanley Ramirez stepped in with two on and two out in the 12th and launched a 1-0 pitch from Blake Parker down the left field line and into the stands for the game winner. After retiring the Dodgers in order in the 11th inning, Parker was obviously running out of gas when he gave up a two-out single to Dee Gordon. Parker walked Justin Turner and set the stage for Hanley Ramirez’s walk-off three-run shot.
The Dodgers scored all five of their runs Saturday night on a pair of home runs, a two-run shot by Matt Kemp in the fourth and Ramirez’s three-run walk-off.
The Cubs dropped to 5-8 on the year in 13 extra-inning games.
The offense had plenty of chances to put runs on the board and once again could not string together any hits. The Cubs outhit the Dodgers 13-11 and walked three times but were 1-for-6 with RISP and left 12 men on base.
Arismendy Alcantara (3-for-6 with a double and a RBI) and Starlin Castro (3-for-6 with a RBI) drove in the Cubs two runs. Castro singled in Chris Coghlan (2-for-6 with a double and a run scored) in the first inning and Alcantara doubled in Junior Lake (2-for-5 with a run scored) in the seventh inning and tied the game at two. Lake collected his first multi-hit game since June 10.
Anthony Rizzo (2-for-6) and Chris Valaika (1-for-3) also recorded singles.
Tsuyoshi Wada pitched a solid game against a Dodgers’ lineup without three of their regulars. Wada made two mistakes, and both cost him runs. After keeping the Dodgers off the board for the first three innings with good command, Wada started elevating in the fourth inning. Wada issued a leadoff walk to Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp followed with a two-run homer to left that gave the Dodgers the lead.
Wada settled back down after surrendering a double to Scott Van Slyke following the Kemp home run and did not allow the Dodgers to tack on to their lead in the last 1 2/3 innings he was on the mound.
Tsuyoshi Wada allowed two runs on six hits with two walks, a HBP and six strikeouts. Wada threw 103 pitches, 65 for strikes, in 5 2/3 innings.
Carlos Villanueva threw one pitch to end the sixth and the Cubs’ pen did a good job once again, until the 12th inning. Brian Schlitter gave up two hits but no runs in his inning of work. Pedro Strop was sharp in the eighth. Wesley Wright struck out a batter in his 1 1/3 innings of work and Justin Grimm picked up the final two outs in the tenth.
Blake Parker could not record the last out in the 12th inning. With the Cubs on the road and Edwin Jackson on the hill for Sunday’s finale, Rick Renteria likely wanted to stay away from Chris Rusin. Rusin and Hector Rondon were the only two relievers that did not appear in Saturday’s game.
With Saturday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 46-63 on the season.
After Arismendy Alcantara grounded out to short (1-2 pitch) to start the game, Chris Coghlan pulled a 3-1 pitch deep to right. The ball hit off the wall and Coghlan ended up a second with a double. Rizzo popped out to Ramirez in shallow center for the first out. Starlin Castro ripped a single into left center, Coghlan scored and the Cubs took a 1-0 lead. Ruggiano worked a full count before he flied out to deep left for the third out.
Tsuyoshi Wada worked out of a first and second one out jam in the first inning by striking out Matt Kemp swinging and retiring Scott Van Slyke on a grounder to third. Wada threw 20 pitches, 16 for strikes, in the first inning.
After one complete, the Cubs led 1-0.
The Cubs did very little against Ryu in the second, third and fourth innings. And Tsuyoshi Wada retired the Dodgers in order in both the second and third innings.
Wada took a 1-0 lead into the fourth inning after throwing 46 pitches, 34 for strikes, in the first three innings. Wada issued his first free pass of the night to Hanley Ramirez to start the fourth. Wada started elevating his pitches in the fourth and Matt Kemp took advantage of at least one of Wada’s mistakes. Kemp pulled a 1-2 pitch to deep left and into the stands … and gave the Dodgers a 2-1. Scott Van Slyke followed with a double into the left field corner. Wada found his command and retired Juan Uribe (flyout to right) and Carl Crawford (grounder to first base) for the first two outs. Van Slyke advanced to third on Crawford’s grounder. Wada intentionally walked Drew Butera and struck out Ryu swinging on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning. Wada needed 73 pitches, 45 for strikes, to complete four innings.
The Cubs trailed 2-1 after four innings.
Hyun-Jin Ryu started the seventh inning with a 2-1 lead and retired Valaika on a grounder to short. Junior Lake pushed a bunt past the mound on the first base side and reached first with a headfirst slide. Ryan Sweeney hit for Carlos Villanueva, who threw one pitch in the sixth to end the inning. Sweeney flied out to left for the second out. Arismendy Alcantara drove a 1-0 pitch to the base of the wall in right center. Lake scored all the way from first on what was scored as a RBI double for Alcantara. With the game tied at two and Alcantara at third, Coghlan grounded out to first base for the third out.
Brian Schlitter gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig in the seventh. Schlitter appeared to pick Puig off first base, Renteria challenged the safe call and the call was overturned. After giving up a single to Dee Gordon, Schlitter struck out Turner and retired Ramirez on a grounder to second to end the inning.
The game was tied at two after seven innings.
And that is where the game stood until the bottom of the 12th inning. Blake Parker, in his second inning of work, retired Drew Butera and pinch-hitter Adrian Gonzalez. Dee Gordon singled to center and swiped second with Justin Turner at the plate. With the rain picking up at Dodger Stadium, Parker walked Turner. Hanley Ramirez pulled Parker’s second pitch (1-0) down the left field line … game over.
Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Josh Beckett in the series finale on Sunday afternoon (3:05pm CDT).