It was a struggle for both teams to get anything going once they got runners into scoring position in either game of the doubleheader Tuesday. The Dodgers were a combined 4-for-29 on the day and the Cubs were 2-for-16, that is until they got a hit in the bottom of the 10th inning when it mattered.
Kris Bryant led off the 10th with a triple in the right field corner to immediately put the Dodgers on the ropes. The crushing blow would come two batters later when Albert Almora Jr. lined a single through the right side of the infield to hand the Cubs a 2-1 victory.
The Dodgers ha their chance in the top of the extra frame the they loaded the bases with two outs and Yasmani Grandal coming to the plate. Grandal would pop out to right field to end the threat.
Rich Hill turned in his best start of the season with six scoreless innings, returning from the disabled list without a hitch. The lefty struck out six while giving up three hits and two walks.
The Dodgers gave Hill a lead in the top of the sixth when Cody Bellinger came around to score on an Austin Barnes RBI-single. The lead would be entrusted to Erik Goeddel who hadn’t allowed a run in 13 appearances with Los Angeles this season.
Three pitches into Goeddel’s 14th appearance, Kyle Schwarber would park a 93-mph fastball in the right field bleachers near the scoreboard. A no-doubter, Schwarber’s 13th homer of the year tied the game at one apiece.
It’s getaway day for the Dodgers and Cubs as they play their third game in less than 30 hours at 11:20 a.m. PT. It should be a solid matchup on the mound as Ross Stripling (6-1, 1.76) and Jon Lester (8-2, 2.28) look to continue their momentum.
Home runs: Kyle Schwarber (13)
WP - Rob Zastryzny (1-0): 1⁄3 IP
LP - Brock Stewart (0-1): 0 IP, 2 hits, 1 runs, 1 walk