Dodgers Vs. Cubs Recap: Ramirez Hits Walk-Off Home Run
Hyun-Jin Ryu started Saturday as opposed to Friday to get an extra day of rest, which has typically come with success for the left-hander.
However, the Chicago Cubs once again managed to scratch first as Starlin Castro hit a two-out RBI single that scored Chris Coghlan, who had doubled to left field. The Dodgers had two runners reach in the bottom of the first but were unable to move the scoreboard.
Chris Valaika reached on a one-out single in the second inning but he was stranded as Ryu struck out the next two batters. Ryu eventually settled in, but Cubs rookie Tsuyoshi Wada collected strikeouts in the second and third innings as the Dodgers failed to put a runner on in either of the innings.
Hanley Ramirez drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, which was followed by a Matt Kemp two-run home run to put the Dodgers ahead. Scott Van Slyke followed with a double and eventually reached third base with two outs.
Wada intentionally walked Drew Butera to face Ryu with two outs, who he struck out to end the fourth. Arismendy Alcantara reached on an infield single in the fifth but was erased on an inning-ending double play. Ryu benefitted from another double play in the sixth as the Dodgers continued to lead 2-1.
Juan Uribe hit a one-out double in the sixth and after getting Carl Crawford to ground out, Wada gave way to Carlos Villanueva. The right-handed reliever need just one pitch to get Butera to pop out and end the inning.
Junior Lake reached on a bunt and Alcantra drove him in to tie the game with a double off the right-center field wall. Yasiel Puig pinch-hit for Ryu in the bottom of the seventh and singled up the middle.
Puig was then picked-off in a play that loomed large as Dee Gordon followed with a single up the middle. Gordon didn’t steal a base and neither Justin Turner or Ramirez were able to drive him in. Brandon League allowed a leadoff single and then recorded two outs in the eighth.
League walked Welington Castillo and turned the ball over to J.P. Howell, who got the final out of the inning. With the game still tied, Kenley Jansen allowed a leadoff single in the ninth but nothing else.
Wesley Wright retired the Dodgers in order in the bottom of the ninth to keep the game locked at 2-2. Brian Wilson struck out the side in the 10th to set the Dodgers up for a walk-off win as rain began to fall at Dodger Stadium.
Following Turner’s one-out flare single to right field, Ramirez struck out on a pitch that got away from Castillo, which allowed Turner to move into scoring position. The Dodgers remained hitless in the series with runners in scoring position as Kemp grounded out to end the inning.
Jamey Wright took the mound in the 12th for his second inning of work and faced trouble. Behind two singles, the Cubs had the go-ahead run in scoring position. Wright escaped the jam by striking out Justin Ruggiano.
With two outs in the bottom of the 12th, Gordon reached on a chopper up the middle and stole second base. Turner worked a walk, which led to a walk-off home run from Ramirez.
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