Game One Hundred Thirty-One – Cubs 2, Dodgers 6
WP – Zack Greinke (13-3) LP – Jake Arrieta (2-3) Save – None
Jake Arrieta struggled with his command, Zack Greinke came within one out of a complete game shutout and the Cubs lost to the Dodgers for the fifth time this season on Monday night.
The Cubs were not much competition for the Dodgers on Monday night. The Cubs offense managed only three hits, all singles, and two walks until Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) doubled with two outs in the ninth against Zack Greinke. Nate Schierholtz was hit by a pitch and Brian Bogusevic (1-for-4 with a double and two RBI) doubled to left, plated both Rizzo and Schierholtz and broke up the shutout.
The Cubs lost to the fifth different Dodgers’ starter on Monday night.
Jake Arrieta struggled with his command for the second start in a row. When Arrieta was able to pitch ahead in the count, he could not put hitters away. Arrieta issued five walks and three of the free passes scored. Arrieta pitched his way out of jams in the first three innings before a 35-pitch fourth inning simply did him and the Cubs in.
The Dodgers scored two runs off Arrieta in the fourth and two more in the sixth. Arrieta was charged with four runs on six hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Arrieta threw 111 pitches, 73 for strikes, over five-plus innings.
The Dodgers other two runs came via two very long home runs. Hanley Ramirez took Carlos Villanueva deep in the seventh and Yasiel Puig hit a mammoth shot off Michael Bowden in the eighth.
Junior Lake (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to nine games with a bunt single leading off the seventh and Starlin Castro (1-for-4) collected one of the Cubs’ five hits.
With Monday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to a season low 21 games under .500 with a 55-76 record.
While Zack Greinke gave up only one single and faced the minimum through the first four innings on just 42 pitches, 30 for strikes, Jake Arrieta pitched his way in and out of trouble over the first three innings. Arrieta threw 45 pitches, 33 for strikes, over the first three frames.
Jake Arrieta started throwing from behind in the count in the fourth with regularity and it caught up to him. Andre Ethier grounded out to Castro (2-2 pitch) for the first out in the fourth. Arrieta then walked A.J. Ellis on four pitches. Mark Ellis popped out to left for the second out. Arrieta could not put Nick Punto away and walked him (3-2 pitch). Arrieta made Greinke look bad on the first two pitches of the at bat, a pair of 80 mph curveballs. But Arrieta threw the third straight curveball and Zack Greinke timed it perfectly and drove the ball over Castro and into left field. Ellis scored, 1-0 Dodgers.
Arrieta fell behind Crawford 3-0 before Carl Crawford drove a 3-2 pitch down the left field line. The ball hopped into the stands and Punto scored on Crawford’s ground rule double … 2-0 Dodgers. With runners on second and third with two down, Yasiel Puig grounded a 1-2 pitch back to Arrieta to end the inning.
Jake Arrieta threw 35 pitches in the fourth inning (80 pitches, 54 for strikes) and after four, the Cubs were down 2-0.
The game remained 2-0 Dodgers through the fifth inning. Zack Greinke gave up a two out single to Donnie Murphy in the fifth and needed only 58 pitches, 42 for strikes, to complete five frames on Monday. Greinke retired the Cubs in order in the sixth and the Dodgers went to work against Jake Arrieta in the sixth.
Arrieta issued his fifth walk of the game to Mark Ellis to start the sixth. Ellis was given credit for a stolen base when Punto squared to bunt Arrieta’s first pitch. Castillo seemed to be crossed up, lost the handle on the inside fastball and Ellis advanced to second without a throw. Nick Punto pulled a 2-2 pitch from Arrieta off the wall in right center. Ellis scored, 3-0 Dodgers, and Sveum went to his pen for Carlos Villanueva.
Zack Greinke bunted Punto to third and Crawford hit a sac fly to left. Punto scored, 4-0 Dodgers. Villanueva struck out Puig swinging to end the inning.
Junior Lake extended his hitting streak to nine games with a bunt single leading off the seventh. But Rizzo grounded into a 4-6-3 double play and Schierholtz struck out swinging to end the inning. Greinke faced just one over the minimum through seven innings and needed just 80 pitches, 57 for strikes.
Hanley Ramirez hit a solo homer off of the façade of the second deck in left field off Carlos Villanueva in the seventh … 5-0 Dodgers. Villanueva walked Ethier and gave up a single to A.J. Ellis before striking out Mark Ellis and Punto swinging to end the inning.
At the end of seven complete, the Cubs were down 5-0.
Greinke struck out Bogusevic swinging to start the eighth then issued back-to-back walks to Donnie Murphy and Welington Castillo … Murphy was the first Cub to reach second base on Monday night. Darwin Barney grounded into a 5-4 force and Dioner Navarro hit for Villanueva with runners on the corners and two down. Navarro grounded out to third to end the inning. Nick Punto fielded the ball behind the bag and threw out Navarro at first base from foul ground.
Yasiel Puig hit a mammoth shot off Michael Bowden with two outs in the eighth that accounted for the Dodgers sixth run.
Anthony Rizzo doubled to right center with two outs in the ninth, the Cubs’ first extra basehit of the game. Greinke then hit Nate Schierholtz to put two on with two down. Don Mattingly left Greinke into try to close it out but Brian Bogusevic lashed a double into the left field corner. Rizzo and Schierholtz scored, 6-2 Dodgers. Mattingly went to his pen for Brian Wilson.
Donnie Murphy was caught looking to end the game … the Cubs tenth strikeout on the night.
Travis Wood faces Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday night.