Dodgers 4, Cubs 0: Ricky Nolasco great for 8, again

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

The right-handed pitcher struck out 11 and threw eight scoreless innings for the second straight start, improving to 6-1 with his new team as the Dodgers captured their series against the Cubs.

Yasiel Puig was removed from the game on Wednesday afternoon after just four innings, but that only gave him a better view, from the dugout, of Ricky Nolasco's latest gem. The right-hander struck out 11 in eight scoreless innings to lead the Dodgers to a 4-0 win over the Cubs and a series win over Chicago.

Nolasco extended his scoreless inning streak to 16 consecutive innings, and pitched his fourth straight quality start. The right-hander captured his fifth straight decision by allowing just three hits and a walk.

Nolasco ended his August at 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in six starts, with 35 strikeouts and just six walks in 38⅓. innings. The Rialto High School native also has a streak of 20⅔ consecutive scoreless innings at Dodger Stadium.

Puig led off the game with a walk, but not after getting bailed out on a check swing called no swing by first base umpire Lance Barksdale on appeal. That decision did not sit well with Dale Sveum, who moments later was ejected by Barksdale for arguing.

Carl Crawford, batting No. 2 for the first time all season, grounded into a perfectly placed double play as Puig was erased even though he was running on the play. But Hanley Ramirez launched a ball well into the left field pavilion for a quick 1-0 lead in the opening frame.

Ramirez had quite a productive series against the Cubs, going 5-for-12 (.417) with two home runs and four runs scored during the three-game series.

Andre Ethier launched one into the visitor's bullpen in the fourth inning for a 2-0 lead, but the story came after the inning as Skip Schumaker replaced Puig in right field.

Puig was not injured and while speculation ran rampant in the press box and online, the prevailing thought was that he was benched by manager Don Mattingly for disciplinary reasons, with the specific incident(s) to likely be revealed after the game. All we know now is that Puig's removal was simply a manager's decision.

The Dodgers tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth inning, aided when Edwin Jackson auditioned for the 2006 Tigers' World Series pitching staff with an errant throw down the third base line.

Kenley Jansen, in his first appearance since Friday, pitched the ninth inning, finishing off the Dodgers' MLB-best 19th shutout of the season.

Wednesday particulars

Home runs: Hanley Ramirez (15), Andre Ethier (10)

WP - Ricky Nolasco (11-9): 8 IP, 3 hits, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts

LP - Edwin Jackson (7-14): 6⅔ IP, 6 hits, 4 runs (2 earned), 2 walks, 5 strikeouts

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join True Blue LA

You must be a member of True Blue LA to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at True Blue LA. You should read them.

Join True Blue LA

You must be a member of True Blue LA to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at True Blue LA. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker