Recap: The Chicago Cubs bring the defense and some home runs as they take the game from the Dodgers 4-0
Albert Almora Jr
The Chicago Cubs brought their defense to this game today against the Dodgers. We start out the game with a really great catch by Albert Almora Jr. who had multiple great catches during the day. Almora is really turning into a black hole in center field. His first great catch came in the first inning with a nice running grab against the brick wall in Wrigley.
The Chicago Cubs had a bit of a coming out party for our home run hitters. The first one came from Anthony Rizzo to put the Cubs up in the first inning with two outs and a 2-1 count. It was in the second inning bring the cubs ahead 1-0 against the Dodgers.
Schwarber made a nice catch in the top of the third inning with one out that was ruled a no catch because the ball touched the wall. Still a nice play from the guy who is just learning how to play the outfield. I’m just happy that he didn’t hurt himself.
Addison Russell was the next Cub to hit a home run out of the field on a 2-0 count to get the score to 2-0 cubs. I say it over and over again that a power hitting shortstop is a real unicorn. Russell hit this ball so hard that it left Wrigley field and might still be bouncing down the street.
Brett Anderson walked the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning with two outs and yasiel puig up to bat. Anderson had a great series of pitches getting Puig to pop up out of bounds to Rizzo who was really close to landing in the seats. Brett Anderson, notching his second win for the Cubs, lasted five innings only letting up three hits and no runs.
“I think I owe Almora my paycheck for the day,” Anderson said. “Today was a weird scenario. If [Almora] doesn’t make those plays, it’s a different ballgame.”
A hit by Kyle Schwarber just on the inside of first base in the was misplayed played by Van Slyke that allowed Baez to score. That brought the game to 3-0 all but ending the game.
A smack into right field by Rizzo brought john jay to home plate making the score 4-0 Cubs, I’m not even going to mention Schwarber’s terrible and hilarious baserunning on this play.
Awesome double play in the top of the seventh. A really bad baserunning mistake by Joc Peterson, when a liner caught by Baez and threw the ball off balance to first to get Peterson for a double play ending the inning.
The Chicago Cubs bullpen did a good job in this outing not letting any of the Dodgers get into any sort of a position to score. This game marks the first shutout of the season. The Cubs’ bullpen got 15 last season tieing for first in MLB
Wade Davis was brought in and had a very nice close out winning the game 4-0.