Heading into Wednesday’s game the Los Angeles Dodges had lost two straight to the Chicago Cubs and were the victims of an ongoing offensive drought. Clayton Kershaw collected nine strikeouts and allowed three runs in seven innings Monday.
Zack Greinke followed with six shutout frames Tuesday, but the Dodgers came away with a loss both times. It was evident rather quickly on Wednesday their bats had much more life as Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the second inning, and Justin Turner added a three-run shot in the third.
Joc Pederson tacked on an RBI single in the eighth to give the Dodgers a 5-2 lead at the time, which they carried into the bottom of the ninth. Kenley Jansen took the mound and retired the first two batters faced.
Chris Denorfia then lined a single off the left field wall. It appeared to hit off a metal door in left, which sent the ball rolling in Scott Van Slyke’s direction rather quickly. Van Slyke, who entered in the seventh inning as part of a double switch, threw a strike to Kiké Hernandez at second base to nail Denorfia on his attempt to extend the single into an extra-base hit and end the game.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon challenged the out ruling, which was upheld after a three-minute and 15-second replay review. The Dodgers had a 5-2 win, snapping their two-game losing streak, Maddon went on to voice his displeasure with the review system in his postgame remarks.