Game One Hundred Twenty-Seven – Cubs 6, Dodgers 4 – 10 innings
WP – Travis Wood (4-0) LP – Adam Liberatore (2-1) Save – Aroldis Chapman (30)
Kris Bryant, just WOW! Down 4-2 in the eighth inning, Kris Bryant made it a one-run game with a mammoth homer to center off Joe Blanton. Jason Heyward doubled to start the ninth off Kenley Jansen. Heyward scored the tying run on Jansen’s second wild pitch of the inning. The game went to the 10th with the game tied at four.
Dexter Fowler started the 10th with a single and he was at first base when Kris Bryant teed off.
Kris Bryant went opposite field off Adam Liberatore and his second blast in as many at-bats, a two-run shot to right center gave the Cubs a 6-4 lead. Aroldis Chapman struck out Chase Utley swinging and the Cubs beat the Dodgers with an improbable come from behind win on Friday night in Los Angeles.
To the Cubs credit they did not quit playing the game on a night that they just did not appear to have it for the first seven innings. The Dodgers outplayed the Cubs for a majority of the game but could not deliver the knockout punch.
Carl Edwards Jr. and Justin Grimm stepped up in relief of Mike Montgomery and allowed only one run in three innings. The Cubs pen outpitched the Dodgers and setup the comeback for Kris Bryant (2-for-4 with two home runs, a walk, three runs scored and three RBI), Jason Heyward (2-for-5 with a double and a run scored) and Dexter Fowler (2-for-5 with a run scored).
Mike Montgomery struggled with his command and put together an outing the exact opposite of his start against the Rockies. Montgomery could not find a rhythm whatsoever. Montgomery allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in the first four innings and two of the four batters he walked scored. To put it simply, he did not have it.
Montgomery gave up single runs in the second, third and fourth innings all on groundouts to Addison Russell. While Montgomery was off and had command issues, he was able to limit the damage. The Dodgers put 11 runners on base during Montgomery’s five innings and scored only three runs. Montgomery turned the game over to the pen with the Cubs down by a run at 3-2.
Mike Montgomery allowed three runs on six hits with four walks and a hit by pitch. Montgomery struck out six on 91 pitches, 49 for strikes, in five innings.
Carl Edwards Jr. struck out two of the four batters he faced in the sixth inning. Justin Grimm made one mistake in his two innings of work. Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run off Grimm in the seventh that gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. Grimm allowed just one other hit while striking out two and not issuing a walk.
Travis Wood sent the game to extra innings with a scoreless ninth. Aroldis Chapman gave up a leadoff single before striking out two of the next three batters he faced to end the game.
Addison Russell (1-for-5 with a RBI) drove in a run with a first inning single with two outs. Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a walk and a RBI) delivered a two-out single in the fifth that plated Mike Montgomery (0-for-2 with a run scored) with the Cubs second run of the night.
The Cubs scored six runs on nine hits, four walks and two big blasts from Kris Bryant.
The Cubs made Bud Norris work in the first inning but scored only one run.
Dexter Fowler singled and was erased on a 5-4 fielder’s choice off the bat of Kris Bryant. Anthony Rizzo walked. With runners on first and second, Ben Zobrist could not check his swing on a 3-2 pitch and was called out.
Addison Russell gave the Cubs a lead with a single to center. Bryant scored. Rizzo stopped at second. Jason Heyward flied out to right center to end the inning.
Mike Montgomery worked around a leadoff single by Howie Kendrick in the first. And after one complete, the Cubs led 1-0.
The Cubs managed a Miguel Montero walk in the second. But that was all against Bud Norris.
Mike Montgomery was really wild in the second inning. The Dodgers tied the game as Montgomery tried to find his command. Montgomery walked Hernandez to start the inning and hit Carlos Ruiz. Two free baserunners … and it cost him and the Cubs.
Josh Reddick smoked a 2-1 pitch back up the middle that nailed Montgomery in the right leg. Montgomery threw out Reddick at first base but both runners moved up 90 feet. Chase Utley tied the game with a grounder to short. Hernandez scored and the game was tied at one. Norris flied out to center to finally end the inning. Montgomery made 33 pitches, 17 for strikes, in two innings.
After two complete, the game was tied at one.
The Cubs went down in order in the third. And the Dodgers took the lead in the home half.
Montgomery walked Howie Kendrick. Corey Seager doubled to right center. With runners on second and third with no outs, Justin Turner grounded out to short. Kendrick scored as Russell threw out Turner at first base, 2-1 Dodgers. Montgomery retired Gonzalez on a grounder to second. Montgomery issued back-to-back walks to Hernandez and Ruiz to load the bases. Montgomery struck out Reddick swinging to end the inning. Montgomery made 64 pitches in three innings, only 31 were for strikes.
The Cubs were down by one run, 2-1, after three complete.
The Dodgers tacked on a run in the fourth after Bud Norris set the side down in order again in the top of the inning.
Chase Utley led off the fourth with a double to right. Norris bunted to the third base side of the mound. Bryant and Montgomery did not communicate. Neither player picked up the ball. Norris ended up with a bunt single. With runners on the corners and no outs, Kendrick rolled into a 6-4-3 double play. Utley scored, 3-1 Dodgers. Corey Seager received a little homecooking. Seager blooped a single to left. The ball skipped under Soler and what should have a single and an error was ruled a double. Turner grounded out to short to end the inning.
The Dodgers led 3-1 after four innings.
The Cubs made it a one-run game in the fifth. Miguel Montero led off with a walk but was erased when Montgomery bunted into a 5-4 fielder’s choice. Montgomery took over at first base and trotted to second when Kris Bryant walked.
Anthony Rizzo ripped a 1-2 pitch back up the middle and past a diving Chase Utley. Montgomery scored, 3-2 Dodgers. Bryant went to third with two down. Ben Zobrist appeared to pull a grounder to right that would tie the game. Utley made a diving stop in shallow right and threw out Zobrist at first base from his backside.
Montgomery worked around an error by Bryant and a single by Ruiz in the fifth. The Dodgers did not score and the game went to the sixth with the Cubs down 3-2.
The Dodgers added a run in the seventh against Justin Grimm. Adrian Gonzalez pulled a 3-1 pitch to deep right center, the ball ended up in the stands and the Dodgers took a 4-2 lead. Grimm refocused and retired Pederson on a lineout to center and Ruiz on a grounder to short. Reddick reached on a single to right but he was picked off with Utley at the plate to end the inning.
Joe Blanton set the Cubs down in order in the seventh so Dave Roberts sent him back out for the eighth. And Kris Bryant launched Blanton’s first pitch of the eighth over the wall in center field … 4-3 Dodgers. Rizzo grounded out to Turner in the shift. Zobrist and Russell flied out to deep center to end the eighth. Justin Grimm pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth and the game went to the ninth with the Cubs down 4-3.
Kenley Jansen made his way to the mound. And Jason Heyward pulled his first pitch down the right field line. Heyward motored to second with a leadoff double. Jorge Soler put together a good at bat. Soler struck out swinging on a 2-2 pitch in the dirt. The ball got away from Carlos Ruiz. Heyward moved to third as Ruiz threw out Soler at first base. The first pitch to Miguel Montero went off Ruiz’s glove and Heyward scampered in from third with the tying run. Montero flied out to left and Willson Contreras, pinch hitting for Grimm, struck out swinging.
Travis Wood retired Seager (pop out to Bryant in foul ground), Turner (swinging strikeout) and Gonzalez (lineout to left) in order to send the game to the 10th inning.
Dexter Fowler led off the 10t with a single to center and trotted around the bases when Kris Bryant drove a 1-0 pitch to the stands in right center … 6-4 Cubs. Rizzo flied out to left (3-2 pitch). Ben Zobrist singled and Heyward blooped a two-out single to left. Javier Baez struck out swinging. And the game went to the bottom of the 10th with the Cubs up by two.
Aroldis Chapman gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson. Ruiz rolled out to third. Culberson moved to second with one out. Chapman caught Reddick looking and struck out Utley swinging to end the game.
What a comeback!
With Friday’s win, the Cubs improved to 82-45 on the season.
Jason Hammel takes on lefty Julio Urias on Saturday afternoon (3:05pm CDT) in game two at Dodger Stadium.