Game One Hundred Fifty-Five: Cubs 8, Dodgers 7
WP – Justin Grimm (5-2) LP – Brian Wilson (2-4, BS 4) Save – Hector Rondon (26)
In what will be remembered as The Chris Coghlan Game, the young Cubs roster did not quit playing Saturday afternoon after the Dodgers jumped out to a big lead. The Cubs were down 6-1 by the third inning and the Dodgers took a 7-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. The Cubs scored four runs in the seventh with Arismendy Alcantara delivering the big hit, a three-run homer off J.P. Howell.
The Cubs took their first lead in the eighth after Chris Coghlan hit his second home run of the day, a two-run shot off Brian Wilson, as the Cubs snapped their two-game skid with a fun, come from behind victory over a playoff bound team.
Chris Coghlan (4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, three RBI, a walk and three runs scored) had a career game. Coghlan reached base in all five plate appearances Saturday afternoon. Coghlan hit a solo home run in the first inning, scored on a Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4 with a RBI and a HBP) single in the seventh and delivered the game winner, a two-run homer off Brian Wilson in the eighth. Coghlan has gone yard eight times this season.
Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-3 with a home run, a walk and three RBI) made it a one-run game with a three-run homer off J.P. Howell in the seventh, the first home run hit off Howell this season. Alcantara has hit 10 home runs since he made his big league debut on July 9.
Logan Watkins (1-for-2 with a double and a RBI) doubled in Luis Valbuena (1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a run scored) in the fourth inning. Mike Olt (1-for-1 with a run scored), Junior Lake (1-for-1) and John Baker (1-for-4) also collected hits.
The Cubs offense outhit the mistakes Felix Doubront made in the first three innings. And the Cubs pen held the Dodgers to one run over the last 6 2/3 innings of the game.
Felix Doubront made his second start at Wrigley and experienced the old ballyard for the first time with the wind blowing out. Doubront lasted only 2 1/3 innings and gave up two home runs to Adrian Gonzalez that accounted for five of the six runs he allowed Saturday afternoon. Doubront settled down after Gonzalez’s two-run homer in the first and hit his spots but could not get back on track after the three-run shot in the third.
Felix Doubront allowed six runs on six hits (two home runs) with three walks and two strikeouts. Doubront threw 58 pitches, 34 strikes, in 2 1/3 innings.
The Cubs pen did an excellent job of cooling off the Dodgers offense. The only run the bullpen allowed was in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Scott Van Slyke off Wesley Wright. Carlos Villanueva pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Doubront. Blake Parker kept the Dodgers off the board despite giving up two hits in his inning of work. Wesley Wright allowed a run on three hits in two innings. Justin Grimm faced the minimum in the eighth.
Hector Rondon notched his 26th save after he retired Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp in order on 13 pitches to end the game.
With the Cubs first win over the Dodgers in two years at Wrigley Field (1-6), the Cubs improved to 69-86 on the season.
Felix Doubront retired Dee Gordon on a grounder to second base for the first out in the game. Yasiel Puig bunted Doubront’s first pitch to the third base side of the mound. Puig reached without a throw from Doubront. Adrian Gonzalez gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead with a windblown homer into the bleachers in right, the first home run allowed by Doubront in a Cubs’ uniform. Doubront missed his spot badly, but the wind grabbed the ball and lifted it over the wall. Matt Kemp grounded out to first, but Doubront walked Hanley Ramirez. Justin Turner popped out to right to end the inning. Felix Doubront needed 22 pitches, 11 strikes, to complete the first inning.
Chris Coghlan led off the home-half of the first and cut the Dodgers lead in half. Coghlan drove a 3-1 pitch into the bleachers in left center. After Coghlan’s seventh longball of the season, the Cubs trailed by one run. Javier Baez worked a full count before striking out. Anthony Rizzo followed with a very good at bat. Rizzo shortened his swing on a 2-2 pitch and popped a single into center. Jorge Soler also worked a full count before he rolled over a fastball to short. With Rizzo running with the pitch, he advanced to second. Luis Valbuena walked. With two on and two down, Arismendy Alcantara popped out to right for the third out. Roberto Hernandez threw 35 pitches, 20 strikes, in the first inning.
After one complete, the Cubs trailed 2-1.
Both teams went down in order in the second and Doubront took the hill for the third after throwing 32 pitches, 19 strikes, in two innings.
Dee Gordon led off the third with a bloop single to right. Soler came up just short of a diving catch. Gordon swiped second on the first pitch to Puig. Gordon appeared to come off the bag and Renteria asked the umps to take a look but replays pointed to the fact Logan Watkins failed to keep his glove on Gordon throughout the play. Once the call on the field was upheld, Doubront walked Puig (3-2 pitch) and put two on with no outs. Adrian Gonzalez lifted the first pitch into the wind, the ball ended up in the bleachers in left center. Gonzalez’s second homer of the game gave the Dodgers a 5-1 lead. Matt Kemp followed with a single to center and moved to second when Doubront walked Hanley Ramirez. Justin Turner hit a tailor-made double play ball to third. Luis Valbuena fielded the ball cleanly and made an accurate throw to second. Logan Watkins caught the ball and recorded the out at second base, but he dropped it in the exchange and could not make a throw to first. With runners on the corners and one out, Scott Van Slyke drove a 0-1 pitch to deep right center. The ball hit off the top of the wall just under the basket. Kemp scored, 6-1 Dodgers, and Turner stopped at third on a double from Van Slyke. Rick Renteria made his way to the mound and went to his pen for Carlos Villanueva. With runners on second and third with one out and the infield in, Villanueva struck out Drew Butera for the second out and Roberto Hernandez to end the inning.
Chris Coghlan led off the third with a single, but that was all. And the Cubs were down 6-1 after three innings.
Carlos Villanueva pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning.
Luis Valbuena led off the Cubs’ fourth with a double down the right field line. Alcantara struck out swinging. Logan Watkins doubled to left, Valbuena scored and made it a 6-2 game as the rain picked up at Wrigley. Baker grounded out to short. Renteria sent Ryan Kalish up to hit for Villanueva and he pulled the first pitch he saw to Adrian Gonzalez to end the inning.
After four complete, the Cubs trailed 6-2.
The score remained 6-2 Dodgers into the top of the seventh. Wesley Wright worked around a two-out Puig double in the sixth but could not get out of the seventh without allowing the Dodgers to tack on. Kemp walked to start the inning. After Ramirez flied out to right, Turner singled to right. Kemp went to third with one out. Scott Van Slyke lifted a 3-1 pitch to right. Matt Szczur caught the ball, Kemp tagged from third, but Rizzo cut the ball off and threw out Turner at second just after Kemp scored, 7-2 Dodgers.
J.P. Howell started the seventh for the Dodgers and issued a walk to Chris Coghlan. Howell threw out Baez at first on a swinging bunt up the third baseline. Coghlan advanced to second and scored on a single to right off the bat of Anthony Rizzo, 7-3 Dodgers. Mike Olt hit for Wright and singled to left. Luis Valbuena worked a full count, but just missed the 3-2 offering and flied out to deep right. Rizzo tagged and went to third. Arismendy Alcantara pulled a 2-1 pitch from the lefty into the bleachers in left center. Alcantara’s tenth longball of the season made it a 7-6 game.
Don Mattingly went to his pen for Brandon League and Chris Valaika grounded out to short to end the inning.
The Cubs trailed 7-6 after seven innings.
Justin Grimm faced the minimum in the eighth and Brian Wilson took over for the Dodgers in the eighth.
John Baker singled to right but Gonzalez threw him out at second when Matt Szczur was asked to bunt. Szczur did his job and it was a good bunt, Gonzalez knew who was running the bases. Chris Coghlan lifted a 1-2 pitch to deep right, the ball sailed into the bleachers and the Cubs took an 8-7 lead.
Javier Baez flied out to right. Wilson hit Rizzo and gave up a single to pinch-hitter Junior Lake (2-2 pitch). With two on and two out, Mattingly went to his pen and replaced Wilson with Carlos Frias. Luis Valbuena struck out swinging to end the inning.
And the game went to the ninth with the Cubs in front by a score of 8-7.
Hector Rondon set down Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez for the first two outs in the ninth … and Rondon struck out Matt Kemp swinging to end the game.
The Cubs wrap up the series and season series with the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon (1:20pm CDT). Jacob Turner is scheduled to face Jamey Wright in the last day game of the season at Wrigley Field.