The offense was very productive yet again just like they were on Saturday. The bullpen was the exact opposite of productive on Saturday. The Dodgers had a strong 7-2 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh, which was when all the wheels fell off. Howell came in to pitch in the 7th. Rizzo produced an RBI single to make it 7-3. After loading up the bases, Howell serves up a 3-run home run, with the Dodgers now with a measly 1 run lead. Just when the Dodgers were hoping the 7th inning was the worst to come, Brian Wilson gives up a 2 run home run in the bottom of the 8th to lose the lead and the game.
Right out of the chute, the Dodgers scored 2 runs in the first inning on Sunday afternoon. Jamey Wright was the starter on Sunday afternoon due to injuries and lack of production from the pitching staff. Mattingly said before the game that Wright would be limited to 50 pitches. He ended up finishing with 46 pitches in just 2 innings. Allowed 3 H on 1 ER. Frias came in to relieve Wright of his duties, but it wasn’t pretty for Frias yet again. He goes 3 innings allowing 3 H on 3 ER. His ERA is way up to 6.75.
Matt Kemp homers in the 3rd inning to make it a 4-1 lead for LA, 2 run shot. Kemp delivers in the 5th inning as well singling to left field, scoring Yasiel Puig. With 2 runs in the 5th, the Cubs cut the Dodgers lead to only one run. Scott Van Slyke with and RBI in the 6th and Kemp with an RBI in the 7th to get the lead to 7-4! After a solid 1 1/3 innings from Perez, Paco takes over to complete the 7th inning with no harm done. Baez gave up a solo HR in the 8th.
Heading into this game, the Dodgers magic number to clinch the NL West was down to 5 games. Kenley Jansen came in the 9th inning looking to close out the game and he did just that. Despite allowing the first two hitters to get on base, he still got it done. The Dodgers magic number is now down to 4 games. If the Giants lose, the magic number will be down to 3 games.
Dodgers player of the game: Matt Kemp went 4-5 with 4 RBI’s and scoring a run. His batting average has been raised to .286. Kemp has been on fire lately just torching every pitcher.
A total of 8 runs came across the plate this afternoon coming off of 16 hits for the Dodgers. The Cubs with 8 hits on 5 runs. The Dodgers won the game 8-5. The Dodgers will fly back home to begin a huge 3 game series with the division rivals San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers also have a chance to win the NL West by taking just 2 of 3 from the Giants. Game will start at 7:10 PT.
Jake Peavy 7-13, 3.82 ERA vs. Dan Haren 13-11, 4.14 ERA
Go Dodgers! Win the West!