OOTP 21: May 6, 2020 – Cubs 6, Dodgers 3 – Chicago finishes sweep of LA

The Chicago Cubs downed the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-3. The hitting star was right fielder Ian Happ, whoh was 2 for 5 with two home runs while adding four RBI and scoring twice for the Cubs. Casey Sadler — old friend — is now 2-0 after recording the win. He allowed no runs on 1 hit, while striking out 0 and walking 1. Chicago now has a record of 20-17 with the win.

Chicago grabbed the momentum in the top of the fifth, when Happ, who is tied for 9th in the NL with a .551 slugging percentage, hit a 2-run home run. His 9th home run of the season put the Cubs out in front 4-2.

“If we play like this, we can win a lot of games,” Happ told the Chicago Bulletin.

They call him Insightful Ian, you know.

Walker Buehler didn’t have a great outing, allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings. He walked just one and struck out seven, but allowed two fateful home runs to the suddenly hot Happ. The bullpen wrapped things up nicely enough, but the offense couldn’t muster more than three off the Cubs — in a game in which the Dodgers knocked out Yu Darvish after just 3 2/3 innings.

Offensively, Gavin Lux and Corey Seager collected two hits apiece, while Cody Bellinger added his fifth home run of the campaign.

After a day off, the Dodgers (20-16) travel to San Diego to take on the Padres. Clayton Kershaw opposes Dinelson Lamet.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.