Game One Hundred-Eight: Cubs 8, Dodgers 2
WP – Kyle Hendricks (2-1) LP – Dan Haren (8-9) Save – None
Kyle Hendricks returned to Los Angeles and beat his hometown team Friday night. Hendricks limited the Dodgers to two runs, one earned, on four hits while collecting two hits of his own and driving in a run. The Cubs outhit the Dodgers 13-4 and used two big innings to take the first game of the series on a strange night at Dodger Stadium.
Kyle Hendricks was very, very good after a rough first inning. Hendricks surrendered a run in the first inning before he settled in and shutdown the Dodgers offense for the last six innings of his outing. Hendricks gave up just four hits and two of the four did not leave the infield. Hendricks kept the Dodgers off balance all night and ended up being charged with two runs, one earned, on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Hendricks threw 107 pitches, 67 for strikes, in seven innings.
Friday night was Kyle Hendricks’ third straight quality start.
And not only did Hendricks do his job on the mound, but he also delivered at the plate. Kyle Hendricks collected his first big league hit in the second inning off Dan Haren, a single to center. Hendricks drove in a run in the fifth with an infield single. Hendricks was 2-for-3 with a RBI and a sacrifice bunt.
Justin Grimm and Blake Parker set down the Dodgers in order in the eighth and ninth innings.
Luis Valbuena (2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI) tied the game at one in the second inning with his ninth home run of the season. The Cubs scored three runs in the third inning on a single by Ryan Sweeney (2-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored), a throwing error by Matt Kemp that allowed Starlin Castro (3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored) to trot in and Sweeney scored on a wild pitch.
The Cubs put the game away in the fifth inning with three more runs. Welington Castillo (1-for-3 with a RBI and two walks) just missed a grand slam and had to settle for a long, RBI single. Nate Schierholtz hit a sac fly that plated Castro and Hendricks’ single off Chris Perez’s leg drove in Ryan Sweeney. And Valbuena singled in Castro in the sixth with the Cubs’ eighth run of the night.
Chris Coghlan (2-for-5 with a stolen base) was also part of the hit parade.
The Cubs pounded out 13 hits, three for extra bases, and finished the night 6-for-14 with RISP and left nine men on base.
It was a long, strange game Friday night at Dodger Stadium. There were four reviews and sloppy play in the field from both teams.
With Friday’s victory, the Cubs improved to 46-62 on the season.
The Cubs managed a one-out Chris Coghlan single in the first inning, but that was all against Dan Haren. And Dee Gordon made his presence known in the home half.
Kyle Hendricks fell behind Gordon and he ripped a 3-2 pitch back up the middle that hit off of Hendricks’ left calf and bounced to Castro. The speedy Gordon ended up at first and stole second with Puig in the batter’s box. Yasiel Puig grounded out to short for the first out. With Adrian Gonzalez at the plate, Gordon swiped third. Hendricks walked Gonzalez and put runners on the corners with one out. Hanley Ramirez hit a roller toward the hole at short. Castro fielded the ball cleanly but his throw to second was 10 feet off the mark on the inside of the bag. The ball sailed into right field and Gordon scored easily. Schierholtz picked up the ball and threw to Rizzo. For some reason Gonzalez was sent home, and it was the right call. Gonzalez beat the throw but slid over the plate. Castillo applied the tag and Gonzalez was called out. Don Mattingly challenged the call, but the it was upheld and Ramirez was at second base with two outs. Carl Crawford tapped back to the mound to end the inning. Kyle Hendricks needed 20 pitches, 11 for strikes, to complete his first inning on Friday night.
After one complete, the Cubs trailed 1-0.
Luis Valbuena led off the second and launched his ninth homer over the wall in right … and just like that the game was tied at one. Sweeney grounded out to second and Welington Castillo walked. After Schierholtz popped out to third base, Kyle Hendricks singled to center for his first big league hit. With runners on first and second with two down, Alcantara struck out swinging to end the inning.
Kyle Hendricks retired the Dodgers in order in the second. Hendricks threw 33 pitches, 19 for strikes, in two innings and after two complete, the game was tied at one.
Chris Coghlan struck out swinging for the first out in the third inning. Anthony Rizzo followed with a double to right and held when Castro reached on an infield single to third. With Rizzo at second and Castro at first, Valbuena struck out swinging. But Ryan Sweeney pulled a 3-2 pitch into right. Rizzo scored and gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Matt Kemp’s throw from right skipped past Turner and ended up in the Dodgers’ dugout. Castro was sent home, 3-1 Cubs, and Sweeney advanced to third on the throwing error. With Castillo at the plate, Haren uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Sweeney to scamper in to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead. Castillo walked before Schierholtz flied out to left (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.
Kyle Hendricks retired the Dodgers in order in the third thanks to Nate Schierholtz and Rick Renteria challenging the call on the field. Haren hit a grounder into right. Schierholtz charged in and threw a strike to Rizzo at first. Rizzo could not find the bag at first and Haren was called safe. Upon further review, Rizzo found the bag before Haren touched it. Hendricks threw only 38 pitches, 23 for strikes, in the first three innings.
After three complete, the Cubs led 4-1.
Dan Haren plunked Anthony Rizzo to start the fifth. Starlin Castro followed with a single to center. After Luis Valbuena flied out to center, Ryan Sweeney singled to right center. Gary Jones wisely held Rizzo at third to load the bases because Puig threw a strike to A.J. Ellis that would have nailed Rizzo . Don Mattingly decided that was enough for Haren and went to his pen for Chris Perez. Welington Castillo launched a 1-0 pitch from Perez to deep center. Puig raced back, which froze the runners. Castillo just missed a slam and ended up with a long, RBI single and the Cubs took a 5-1 lead. Schierholtz lifted Perez’s first pitch into center, Castro tagged and scored and the Cubs went up by a score of 6-1. Kyle Hendricks stepped in and a wild pitch moved the runners up ninety feet. Hendricks grounded a 3-2 pitch back up the middle that hit off Perez’s leg and rolled toward third. Turner had no play, Sweeney scored and the Cubs took a 7-1 lead. Alcantara flied out to deep left center to end the inning.
Kyle Hendricks set down the Dodgers in order in the fifth … 66 pitches, 43 for strikes, for Hendricks after five innings.
The Cubs had a 7-1 lead after five innings.
Paul Maholm replaced Perez for the sixth inning and retired Coghlan and Rizzo, thanks to replay, for the first two outs. Starlin Castro pulled a 2-2 pitch to deep left. The ball one-hopped the wall and Castro ended up at second with a two-out double. Luis Valbuena singled to left, Castro scored and the Cubs took an 8-1 lead. Sweeney flied out to center for the third out.
Kyle Hendricks retired Gordon on a flyout to left for the first out. Yasiel Puig reached on an infield single to short. Starlin Castro backed up on the hard hit grounder and the extra second was all Puig needed to beat out the throw for a hit. Scott Van Slyke tapped one in front of the plate. Castillo picked the ball up and threw to second, but his throw was wide of the bag. With Puig at second and Van Slyke at first, Hanley Ramirez pulled a 3-1 down the third baseline. Valbuena fielded the ball and threw to second to force Van Slyke. Alcantara tried to complete the double play, but he had no shot and Puig ran through the stop sign at third. Rizzo made a strong throw home. Puig somehow avoided Castillo’s tag … and was called safe. Renteria challenged the call, but the call on the field was upheld and the Cubs lead was cut to 8-2. Crawford tapped back to the mound to end the inning. Hendricks threw 95 pitches, 58 for strikes, in six innings.
After six innings, the Cubs led 8-2.
And that is the way the game ended. Kyle Hendricks retired the last three batters he faced in the seventh. Justin Grimm and Blake Parker pitched two perfect innings to close out the game.
Tsuyoshi Wada and Hyun-Jin Ryu square off in game two on Saturday night (8:05pm CDT).