The Los Angeles Dodgers squandered the opportunity to win a third straight game Saturday and secure a series win over the Chicago Cubs as their bullpen was unable to protect the lead.

Granted, it’s been a bullpen that’s been taxed as of late as a Dodger starting pitcher hasn’t gone more than five innings in the last six games; that includes unusually short outings from Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on consecutive nights.

There will continue to be no rest for the weary Sunday as manager Don Mattingly named Jamey Wright the starting pitcher. Wright last started a game in 2011 when he went 1.2 innings as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Mattingly said Wright will be backed by a number of other relievers and the “bullpen game” means Dan Haren gets the ball in the series opener against the San Francisco Giants Monday on an extra day of rest.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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