After the rain out last night, Kyle Farmer came up big off the bench in the top of the 9th. Farmer smacked a 90 MPH cutter for a double through to left field. The extra base hit scored Austin Barnes and Justin Turner, making it 4-3, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers game 1 over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Maeda Can’t Locate Pitches, Leaves Without Completing Four
Kenta Maeda did not have his best stuff in game 1 of the double header against Chicago. Maeda lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing five hits, five walks, two earned runs, while strike out only two.
Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell hit consecutive singles to get the Cubs in motion. The Japanese starter then loaded the bases after giving Chris Gimenez a free pass to first base. Kris Bryant then drove in a pair after hitting a ground rule double into the left field bleachers.
The Dodgers’ right hander exited down 2-1, with two runners on base. Anthony Rizzo slapped a single to left to tack on another run and closed Maeda’s book for the day.
Dodgers Come Back Late in the Game
Joc Pederson, however, started the Dodgers’ day on a high note. On the second pitch he saw, Pederson pulled a fastball into the basket in left to open the scoring. Los Angeles had the opportunity to tack on more runs after Tyler Chatwood walked Max Muncy and Justin Turner. Chatwood, though, managed to strike out Yasmani Grandal looking before getting out of the jam.
In the fifth inning, Matt Kemp was tossed from the game after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Tripp Gibson III. While the pitch was low, it appeared that the cutter did catch the bottom of the plate. Dave Roberts raced out of the dugout to continue the conversation but was subsequently thrown out as well.
Los Angeles responded well during their next set of at bats in the sixth. Chris Taylor tripled into the left field corner after Schwarber could not handle the baseball. Then, Yasiel Puig hit a high fly ball that fell in the middle of a triumvirate of Cubs’ fielders, which allowed Taylor to speed on home.
Kyle Farmer the Hero
Barnes led off the ninth with a five pitch walk, looking off a couple of good pitches thrown by Justin Wilson. Turner reached base for the second time that day after poking a single in front of center fielder Albert Almora Jr. Then, Grandal became the third Dodger ejected from the game after arguing a pitch that caught the bottom of the plate again.
That set up the double from Farmer, who has come up with heroics for the Dodgers before. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen retired the Chicago Cubs in order to complete the comeback.
The second game in this double header is set for 5:05 PM. Rich Hill (1-2, 6.20 ERA) gets the nods and will face off against Mike Montgomery (2-2, 3.31 ERA).