Cubs 9, Dodgers 7: Comeback attempt falls short thanks to some diving stops

The Dodgers started their first road trip of the season with a loss in a wild game in wild conditions at Wrigley Field. Things started out promising, but the Dodgers found themselves fighting uphill from there as they eventually fell 9-7 to the Cubs in dramatic fashion.


In windy conditions, the Dodgers jumped out to a lead against Kyle Hendricks, as a Shohei Ohtani double, Freddie Freeman walk, and a Will Smith sun single into left loaded the bases. Eventually that was cashed in with a Teoscar Hernandez single that put the Dodgers in front 2-0.

Coming off one of the best starts of his career, Bobby Miller looked excellent early, striking out the side in dominating fashion.

However, after getting one out in the 2nd, he gave up a homer to Dansby Swanson and then his control seemed to unravel.

A walk and a single setup a scoring chance, and Nick Madrigal followed with another single to plate a run. Another out had him on the verge of escape, but Miller issued another walk to load the bases, uncorked a wild pitch to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead, and then gave up a Seiya Suzuki double to drive in two more and knock him out of the game at 5-2.

Dinelson Lamet entered and issued an international walk before promptly getting the final out. He continued in the 3rd, giving up a Michael Busch homer to push the lead to 6-2. Alex Vesia relieved him in the 4th and faced the minimum over the next two innings thanks to a double play and a caught stealing erasing walks.

For the Dodgers, after a quiet 3rd they wasted a scoring chance with second and third and one out in the 4th, though partially due to a great diving stop that saved at least one run.

But the top of the order jumped on Hendricks in the 5th, as a Mookie Betts single was followed by Ohtani’s second homer of the year. Then a Freeman walk gave way to a Smith double, and all of a sudden it was just 6-5 to the Cubs.

Unfortunately, Michael Grove gave that right back in the 6th. A walk and single led to a scoring chance, and an Ian Happ triple on a ball Teoscar misplayed led to a pair of runs, and Suzuki hit a sacrifice fly to make it 9-5. While Grove bounced back to put up scoreless frames in the 7th and 8th, the damage was done.

Still, the offense continued to battle, and a Freeman walk, a Smith single, and a wild pitch put a pair into scoring position in the 7th. That was taken advantage of by Teoscar, who singled to make it 9-7.

So the game went right down to the wire, as the Dodgers continued to fight, getting runners on second and third in the 9th and needing just a single to tie. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough in the end as James Outman was robbed to end the game.


7-3 on the year, they are doomed!

Same two teams, same location, but thankfully a bit later at 10:05 AM HT/1:05 PM PT/4:05 PM ET. It’ll be Yoshinobu Yamamoto against Jordan Wicks, which should be an advantage, but today was supposed to be as well.

About Chad Moriyama

Avatar photo
"A highly rational Internet troll." - Los Angeles Times