Dodgers (5-4): 2
Cubs (5-3): 0
The Cubs and Dodgers played a close game on Wednesday night ending with the series even at 1-1.
John Lackey took the loss after giving up just one run in six innings. Brandon McCarthy took the win with six shutout innings. Lackey settled in to pitch a great game after giving up a home run on the third pitch of the game. McCarthy was able to pitch one pitch better than Lackey over six innings using a few key double plays to get out period jams.
Both the Dodgers and the Cubs had five hits in the game, so base-runners were few and far between. Anthony Rizzo was the only Cub with at least two hits while Kris Bryant was able to walk twice; but to no avail.
The Cubs golden opportunity came in the 8th inning. The Dodgers had the bases loaded with only one out when Justin Turner came to the plate as a pinch hitter. Mike Montgomery was able to get a huge double-play ball up the middle to Addison Russell that ended the inning with no damage done.
In the bottom of the 8th, Albert Almora Jr. was able to reach 2nd base on a throwing error on Corey Seager that ended up being charged to Adrian Gonzalez at 1st base when it sailed over his head.
Jon Jay came up to the plate next and battled through a grueling ten plus-pitch at-bat before striking out looking on a backdoor curveball from Ross Stripling. The energy seemed to die there as Kyle Schwarber struck out swinging to end the inning.
In the 9th Wilson Contreras made a throwing error to first on a dropped third strike that ultimately sealed the deal when Chase Utley scored from 2nd on the play.
Kenley Jansen came in for the save and closed the door allowing only Rizzo aboard and getting Addison Russell to pop out to end the game.
With the series tied one to one, the Cubs and Dodgers will play again tomorrow, April 13th, at 1:20 p.m. Central Time for the rubber-match game. Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Dodgers while Brett Anderson will get the rubber for the Cubs to face his old team for the first time.