Recap: John Lackey had a great performance punching out ten but it was not enough as the Cubs lost to the Dodgers 2-0
John Lackey had a little bit of a rough start for the Cubs allowing the bases to get loaded in the first inning, letting up one run off a homer by Andrew Toles before getting the ground out to end it. The homer came off a 2-0 pitch and had a total of 36 thrown in the first inning. The bad inning marked the most pitches John Lackey has ever thrown during the first inning against the Dodgers. He let up way too many hits to start out but settled in just good enough for a quality outing. He finished the day with 10 strikeouts in 6 innings. At the start of the game, he looked really rough but settled in nice not allowing a hit after the second inning.
Besides the home run, there were really no big plays for the Dodgers except off of dumb throwing errors. There were two on just one play between what should have been an easy exchange between Willson Contrares and Anthony Rizzo. The error allowed Chase Utley to come all the way from first to score bringing the Dodgers ahead of the Chicago Cubs 2-0 at the top of the ninth inning. The play also got Rondon hurt and he will be checked out today leaving the game with a hurt left knee.
“They said everything’s good with my knee and we’ll see tomorrow how I feel,” Rondon said. “When I tried to catch the ball, I slipped and I felt it a little bit. … Right now, I feel normal, a little sore, but nothing big.”
As for the Cubs, their bats were really quiet all night. They grounded into an incredible 4 double plays in just the first four innings. Brandon McCarthy was just as dialed in as John Lackey. He only allowed four hits over his six innings of work. They ended their night going 0-12 with men on base
The closest that the Cubs got was an incredible battle in the eighth with a 12 pitch at bat with John Jay with a man on. But eventually struck out as well with the Cubs chances to get some runs in this game.