With a six-game winning streak in hand, the Los Angeles Dodgers welcomed the Chicago Cubs for the first of a three-game series Friday.
Dan Haren was on the mound for his first start since July 23. The right-hander was going on plenty of rest given he was skipped over in his previously scheduled start.
Haren has struggled as of late, dropping his late four games due in large part to his tendency to surrender home runs and inability to get off to good starts; he carried a 7.29 first-inning ERA into the start.
The veteran pitcher only allowed a single in the first inning of Friday’s game and the Dodgers then went work on providing him with a lead. Dee Gordon reached on an infield single that hit off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks.
Gordon stole second base and after Yasiel Puig grounded out, stole third base. Hendricks intentionally walked Adrian Gonzalez to put runners on the corners with one out. Hanley Ramirez hit a grounder to short that Starlin Castro threw into right field instead of starting a double play.
Gordon easily scored and Gonzalez was also waved home. The first baseman went into an awkward slide and was thrown out at the plate. According to the Dodgers, Gonzalez suffered a knee contusion and is day-to-day:
Adrian Gonzalez left tonight's game after two innings with a right knee contusion, and is day to day.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 2, 2014
Gonzalez played one more inning before being replaced by Scott Van Slyke in the top of the third. The Dodger first baseman is hitting .375 with one home run and 11 RBIs since the All-Star break. Gonzalez hit .385 and drove in six during the Dodgers’ current six-game wining streak.
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