Riding a four-game winning streak and picking up one-half game in the standings by virtue of the San Francisco Giants losing Saturday afternoon, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to remain in the win column as they faced the Chicago Cubs in the second of their three-game series.
Mat Latos’ first start since Aug. 13 got off to an ominous start as Dexter Fowler doubled out of Scott Van Slyke’s reach in right-center field. However, Latos settled in and proceeded to strikeout the side, stranding Fowler at second base.
Jimmy Rollins nearly gave the Dodgers a lead but his fly ball was tracked down in front of the center field fence. Jon Lester then struck out Kiké Hernandez and got Adrian Gonzalez to ground to third. Kris Bryant led off the second inning with a base hit and moved into scoring position on a grounder to first.
Following a wild pitch that advanced Bryant to third, Addisson Russell lifted a deep fly ball that Carl Crawford caught down in foul territory down the left field line, which allowed Bryant to tag and the Cubs to take a 1-0 lead.
Lester kept the inning alive by drawing his second career walk in 94 plate appearances. However, nothing came of it as Latos struck out Tommy La Stella to end the inning. Scott Van Slyke snuck a single between Bryant and Russell with one out in the bottom of the second.
He then stole second base, where he was stranded as A.J. Ellis was called out on strikes to end the inning. Fowler drew a leadoff walk in the third but was later erased on Chris Coghlan’s inning-ending double play.
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