Eddie Butler threw four innings of one-hit ball in the Cubs’ 4-0 victory over the Dodgers on Thursday. The Dodgers have not beat the Cubs since game three of the National League Championship Series in 2016.
Chris Taylor continued his strong fight as Corey Seager‘s backup at shortstop. In the third inning, Taylor collected the first Dodgers hit of the day with a double to center field. His hit really should have been only a single, but he didn’t settle for just any old base hit. He saw the Cubs’ center fielder, John Andreoli, casually pick up the ball. Instead of staying at first, Taylor took off for second and stretched his hit into a double.
Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched three innings and allowed only one run. He struck out four of the twelve batters he faced. Ryu is still trying to earn a spot in the starting rotation, but it is still a long shot. He is coming off missing nearly two entire seasons due to injuries, and the Dodgers have a lot of pitchers trying to earn that spot.
Matt Szcur drove in the Cubs’ first run of the game in the first inning against Ryu. The pitch stayed over the middle of the plate and Szcur hammered it. The Dodgers were never able to catch up after that.
In the seventh inning, Yasiel Puig was called out on strikes for the second time of the game. He slammed his bat on the ground and was promptly ejected by home plate umpire Tom Woodring. Puig picked up his bat and walked away to the clubhouse with Adrian Gonzalez. On his way off the field, Puig turned around and waved goodbye to Woodring.
The Dodgers will be playing Split-Squad action on Friday. Clayton Kershaw will start game one against the Mariners at Camelback Ranch. The game starts at 7:05 pm PT. The game can be seen on SportsNet LA. Alex Wood will get the start at 7:10 pm against the Padres in Peoria. Bench coach Bob Geren will manage one game and Triple-A coach Bill Hasleman will manage the other. Dave Roberts is away from camp right now after the death of his father.