Entering Tuesday, the Dodgers had just one win in 30 games when they trailed going into the ninth inning. That would change when Kyle Farmer punched a double down the left field line to score a pair, helping the Dodgers to a 4-3 win in the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Farmer came off the bench to pinch-hit with his team down one in the ninth with two on and two out. It was a 2-2 slider that he smoked past third to bring Austin Barnes and Justin Turner around to score.
The win means 12 wins in 15 games this month for a Dodger team that continues to find ways to win.
The Windy City had temporarily become Walk City early on when the the two teams combined to issue 12 walks in the first four plus innings. Cub starter Tyler Chatwood walked four in the first two innings and five overall, but would only allow one run in five innings on a Joc Pederson homer two pitches into the game.
Kenta Maeda walked a career-high five batters in 3 2⁄3 innings and was constantly working with runners on. Of the 21 batters Maeda faced, 12 would come to the plate with runners on.
With two on in the bottom of the second, Chris Gimenez — now hitting .150 on the year — walked to load the bases. Kris Bryant would poke a ground-rule double down the left field line to score two.
Anthony Rizzo added an RBI-single in the fourth to give the Cubs what looked like the winning run and a 3-1 lead.
Once again it was on the bullpen to keep the Dodgers in the game and once again they answered the call. Six relievers combined to go the final 5 1⁄3 and Kenley Jansen finished off the Cubs with a perfect ninth.
The Dodgers and Cubs will play Game 2 at 5:05 p.m. PT with Rich Hill (1-2, 6.20) coming of the disabled list to face Mike Montgomery (2-2, 3.31).
Home runs: Joc Pederson (9)
WP - Edward Paredes (2-0): 1⁄3 IP
LP - Justin Wilson (1-2): 1 IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
SV - Kenley Jansen (18): 1 IP, 1 strikeout