Tonight's game belonged to Randy Wolf, again, as he produced both on the mound and at the plate, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 win over the Cubs in the second game of their four-game series at Dodger Stadium.
After Orlando Hudson reached base on an error by Aramis Ramirez to extend the second inning, Silver Slugger Wolf followed with a booming two-run double to centerfield, providing the Dodger offense for the night. Wolf now leads all major league pitchers with 11 RBI on the season, and has reached base in five straight plate appearances.
On the mound, Wolf was even better, allowing only three runners to reach base in his seven innings. The lone Cubs' run scored after a walk and a sacrifice, when Ryan Theriot got the team's only hit of the night, a single to drive in Sam Fuld. In his last 11 starts, Wolf is 5-3 with a 2.82 ERA. He has pitched at least six innings in each of those last 11 starts, as well as 23 of 27 starts this season. Wolf has gone at least seven innings in each of his last four starts.
Matt Kemp was the only Dodger with two hits tonight, one of which was a double. Kemp also stole his 26th base of the season.
Fuld leaped over the wall in right centerfield to rob Manny Ramirez of a leadoff home run in the eighth inning. However, the Dodgers didn't need the insurance run, as Jonathan Broxton shut the Cubs down in order in the ninth to earn his 27th save of the season.
Charlie Haeger brings his knuckleball to national TV tomorrow afternoon, facing Ted Lilly on Fox.
WP - Randy Wolf (8-6): 7 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts
LP - Randy Wells (9-6): 6.2 IP, 7 hits, 2 unearned runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Sv - Jonathan Broxton (27): 1 IP, 2 strikeouts