Brandon McCarthy was on the mound Wednesday as the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Chicago Cubs for the second time this spring. Whereas Zack Greinke made his debut in the first meeting between the two teams, Wednesday was McCarthy’s third start of the spring as he looked to continue building his arm strength.
The Cubs quickly jumped all over the Dodgers’ right-hander, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Cubs continued to make good contact against McCarthy in the second inning, led by a David Ross leadoff double and Addison Russell single that put runners on the corners.
Albert Almora’s two-run double gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead, and Chris Coghlan’s two-run home run extended it to 5-0. The Dodgers then got on the board in the second inning behind a Howie Kendrick leadoff single and Andre Ethier RBI double:
Then with runners on the corners and no outs, Joc Pederson hit an opposite field three-run home run against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta to get the Dodgers within a run at 5-4. Pederson began the day hitting .360/.407/.560 through parts of 11 games and the home run was his second of the spring.