Dodgers Vs. Cubs Recap: Bullpen Fails To Protect Lead

Blake Parker took over in the fifth inning as the second Cubs reliever of the game and allowed two runners to reach via singles, but the Dodgers were unable to add to their lead. Hernandez gave up a leadoff double to Coghlan and walked Javier Baez to put two on with no outs.

Paco Rodriguez relieved Hernandez, struck out Rizzo and got tremendous help from his defense. Jorge Soler hit a line drive into the left-center field gap that Puig tracked down to making a diving catch on. He immediately came to his feet and threw to second base to complete an inning-ending double play.

After throwing to second, Puig grabbed at his shoulder but remained in the game. He hit a two-out double in the sixth, however it didn’t amount to any runs for the Dodgers. Daniel Coulombe walked the first batter he faced followed it with two wild pitches.
Paco Rodriguez
Coulombe then walked Alcantara and was replaced by Pedro Baez. The hard throwing right-hander worked through the three batters he faced and the Dodgers took a 6-2 lead into the seventh inning. Scott Van Slyke’s sacrifice fly extended the Dodgers’ lead to 7-2, which was cut into in the bottom half of the inning.

J.P. Howell walked Coghlan to start the inning and he later scored on Rizzo’s RBI single. With runners on the corners and two outs, Alcantara hit a three-run home run to pull the Cubs within one run. Brandon League was then called on to get the final out of the inning.

Coghlan’s big day carried over into the eight inning as he hit at two-run home run off Brian Wilson to give the Cubs their first lead of the day. Hector Rendon faced the Dodgers’ 2-3-4 hitters and retired them in order to earn a save in the Cubs’ 8-7 win.

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