Cubs 10, Dodgers 8
Cubs manager Mike Quade faced a tough decision with two out in
the eighth inning Saturday. He had righty-hitting Jeff Baker coming
to the plate with runners on the corners in a tie game, and
right-hander Blake Hawksworth jogging to the mound for the Los
Quade looked at the lefty pinch hitters on his bench, and stuck
”I just settled in and said ‘You know what? I’ve stayed out of
the way to this point, I think I’ll stay out of the way and let
this kid have this at-bat,”’ Quade said, ”and man, did he take
advantage of it.”
He sure did.
Baker hit a big two-run double and the Cubs got a banner day
from the top of their lineup in a wild 10-8 victory over the
”What a ballgame,” Quade said. ”Those kids are
Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney and Marlon Byrd combined for nine
hits, six RBIs and four runs as Chicago roughed up Ted Lilly in his
return to Wrigley Field. Castro tied a career high with four hits
and Reed Johnson went 2 for 3 and scored twice.
The Dodgers scored seven unanswered runs to take an 8-5 lead
before Chicago responded with a five-run eighth. The first three
batters reached against Matt Guerrier (1-1), who hadn’t allowed a
run this season. Castro then lined a two-run single into center
field and Barney tied it with a fielder’s choice bouncer to
shortstop Jamey Carroll.
Guerrier bounced back to strike out Byrd but left after Aramis
Ramirez singled to put runners on first and third. Baker then
greeted Hawksworth with a drive into the gap in right-center,
delighting the crowd of 41,161.
”We never lost confidence that we could come back,” Castro
said through a translator. ”The way we play right now, everybody
was aggressive and everybody had confidence. We knew we could come
Baker said a pinch hitter never crossed his mind.
”I don’t prepare to go up there and get taken out,” he said.
”I prepare to go up and get the hit.”
Jeff Samardzija (2-0) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings to get the
win. Carlos Marmol worked around a one-out walk to Jerry Sands to
earn his fifth save in seven opportunities.
Casey Blake, Matt Kemp and Rod Barajas homered for Los Angeles,
which had won three straight and five of six. Blake hit a two-run
shot in the Dodgers’ three-run fifth and went 2 for 3 with two
walks to run his career average against the Cubs to .333 (17 for
”If that wind is blowing out, you’re never really safe. They
found it out early, we found it out late,” Dodgers manager Don
Mattingly said. ”You’re just not safe here. One bloop hit,
somebody pops one and you’re back in the game.”
Barajas tied it at 5 with a leadoff drive in the sixth inning
and Andre Ethier added a tiebreaking two-run double with two out,
extending his major league-best hitting streak to 20 games. Barajas
added a run-scoring grounder in the seventh to give the Dodgers an
Ethier clapped his hands and pointed to the Los Angeles dugout
after continuing his career-best streak. The All-Star right fielder
went 1 for 4 and is batting .408 (31 for 76) in the longest run for
a Dodgers player since Nomar Garciaparra had a 22-game hitting
streak in 2006.
”More than anything, Andre, like everyone else, is focused
every day, every at-bat,” Mattingly said. ”He hasn’t been giving
any away, he’s been battling through every one of them.”
Lilly and Ryan Dempster locked up in a matchup of close friends
but both pitchers struggled. Dempster allowed seven runs and nine
hits over 5 2-3 innings in his fifth consecutive shoddy start to
open the season, while Lilly yielded five runs and 11 hits in 4 1-3
innings in his first career game against the Cubs.
”It’s especially disappointing, given that our offense pulled
back from a deficit and took the lead,” said Lilly, who pitched
for Chicago from 2007 until he was traded to L.A. last July.
The victory continued a bizarre streak for the Cubs (10-10), who
became the first major league team to hit the .500 mark 10 times
through the first 20 games of the season.
NOTES: Dodgers INF Juan Uribe rested with a minor leg injury and
is day to day. … Quade said he’s leaning toward starting LHP
James Russell on Tuesday against Colorado. … Dodgers C Hector
Gimenez will have arthroscopic right knee surgery Tuesday in
Arizona. … Mattingly said he thinks LHP Hong-Chih Kuo (left lower
back strain) is going to make a couple rehab appearances with
Class-A Rancho Cucamonga next week. … The Cubs recalled RHP
Justin Berg from Triple-A Iowa and optioned RHP Jeff Stevens to
their top farm club. Stevens pitched 3 1-3 innings in Friday’s 12-2
loss to L.A., drawing praise from Quade for helping save the tired
bullpen for the rest of the series.