By: Kelly McGowan
The Cubs vs Dodgers series this past weekend was filled with home runs and high tempers as the Cubs clutched the series win.
The Chicago Cubs had another mini-series this week against the notorious Los Angeles Dodgers which was supposed to be scheduled from Tuesday, June 18 through Thursday, June 20. Though due to inclement weather in the Chicago area on Tuesday, the first day of the mini-series was postponed to the following day, the 19th, where there was a doubleheader to make-up for the missed game the previous day. Three Dodgers were ejected during the game, including manager Dave Roberts after an argument due to “unfair judgement” from the umpire who was told they were favoring the Cubs in calls.
In the first game on June 19, the final score was 4-3 Dodgers, who scored their last two runs in the ninth inning. The Cubs were in the lead until just minutes left of the game, when Dodgers player, Kyle Farmer, pulled a two-run double with two outs left in the last inning.
The second game on Tuesday, the Cubs pulled out a win with a final score of 2-1. With ten innings, the Dodgers had a total of nine hits and the Cubs with eight. Kyle Schwarber hit a home run in the seventh inning to tie the game, 1-1, for his 13th home run of the season. After being tied for nearly three innings, Kris Bryant hit a triple in the 10th and the next at bat was Albert Almora Jr. who hit a single to right field, allowing Bryant to run home and win the game.
The last game of the mini-series held on June 20 was an easy win for the Cubs as they took over the Dodgers 4-0. In nine innings, the Dodgers had six total hits and the Cubs had an outstanding twelve. The great Jon Lester was the starting pitcher that helped win the game with seven shutout innings. After this game, Lester improved his stats earning a 1.58 ERA in his last ten starts of the season. Jason Heyward, Schwarber, and Javier Báez – with two – all scored runs to bring home another win for the Cubs. The MVP of the week award goes to Schwarber who scored a run in all three games of the series.
The Cubs will be playing away this weekend versus the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers again next week for a four-game series.