Zack Greinke got off to a rough start tonight allowing 2 ER right off the bat in the first inning. Valbuena with and RBI single and Soler with and RBI groundout to get the Cubs going in the first . The score remained 2-0 until the 5th inning rolled around. An A.J. Ellis groundout RBI made it 2-1, but the Cubs score 2 more that inning which makes it 4-1.
The seventh inning was the turning point for the Dodgers. They scored 5 huge runs to take the lead 6-4 in the 7th. Juan Uribe reached on a fielding error by Logan Watkins, allowing Hanley to score. Ethier comes to the plate and promptly doubles to left which scores Carl Crawford, Uribe to 3rd. The RED HOT Justin Turner grounds out to third but scores Juan Uribe to knot up the score at 4. Speedy Dee Gordon steps up and belts and double to left field, Ethier scores. Yasiel Puig singles to center which allows Dee to score from second base. The Dodger took the lead and never looked back.
Scoring once in the 8th and 9th inning made it 8-4 and the Dodgers closed it out for the win.
Now something we (we as in fans) have not got the chance to say this year, is “the bullpen was great tonight”. Hearing those 5 words are great! The bullpen was outstanding tonight, shutting out the Cubs the last 4 innings of the game. Greinke may have allowed 4 runs in 5 innings but there was not way the bullpen was going to hand this one over to Chicago.
4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 SO
Despite having a surprisingly rough outing tonight and not earning a decision, Greinke’s ERA stands at 2.76 which is still very solid. Greinke’s line: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. Not really what we were all expecting out of Greinke, but it’s a hell of a lot better than the pitching performance we witnessed yesterday afternoon, which wasn’t a pretty sight at all. The bullpen is going to be a crucial part of this postseason run. You always have to count on the bullpen, nonetheless pitching in general, to come in and hold those games and not give up any runs. Trusting the bullpen has been a challenge this year. Kenley Jansen has done his thing, but he’s had his fair share of blown saves. I get sweaty palms every time someone comes in from the bullpen to hold or save the game, because you never know what is going to happen. We’ve seen it all this season, one day you see the 20 games over .500 Dodgers, some days you see the pre- 42-8 Dodgers, you just never know.
Dodgers player of the game: Brian Wilson (H, 22) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO. Wilson has had a tough season. His ERA has sky-rocketed to 4.53, which is very high for a relief pitcher. It’s good to see the old Brian Wilson every once in a while, wish it was a lot more often though. He also earned his 22nd hold of the 2014 season.
With the 8-4 over the Cubbies, the Dodgers look forward to tomorrow as they play game 2 of the 4 game series at 11:20 AM PT. They gain a half game on the Giants with the win and a Giants day off and lead the NL West by 2.5 games.
Clayton Kershaw 19-3, 1.70 ERA vs. Edwin Jackson 6-14, 6.09 ERA
Goodnight and go Dodgers!