Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell each hit home runs off Hyun-Jin Ryu as the Cubs beat the Dodgers 4-0. The Dodgers bats have been quiet the whole series, scoring only four runs and going 1-24 with runners in scoring position.
Brett Anderson pitched five innings in which he gave up no runs one three hits and walked four. The Dodgers did nothing with the four free passes that Anderson gave out. The Dodgers are trying to hard against lefties and with runners in scoring position. Everybody is swinging for the fences, then striking out.
Anthony Rizzo went 2-4 with two RBI and a run scored. He gave the Cubs the lead in the first inning with a solo home run to right field. On Wednesday, Rizzo hit a ball to right field with an exit velocity of 105 mph and a launch angle of 28 degrees. The wind knocked this ball down and it never reached the warning track. On Thursday, Rizzo’s home run had an exit velocity of 105 mph and launch angle of 21 degrees. The difference was the wind. It was only blowing seven mph and did not affect the ball.
Addison Russel hit a solo homer out of Wrigley in the fourth inning. Ryu threw Russel a fastball right over the plate and he crushed it over the bleachers in left field. The ball left the bat with an exit velocity of 110 mph and launch angle of 27 degrees. He hit it a projected 429 feet according to Statcast.
The Dodgers’ bats were very ineffective during this series and also the series against the Rockies. People say it is the wind, but Dave Roberts says otherwise.
“I think there’s a little of trying to do too much with runners in scoring position,” Roberts said. “I think if you look at aggressiveness in the count, we’re a little bit aggressive with balls out of the zone and expanding too much.
“I know it’s early, but it’s a little bit of guys wanting to do too much.”
The Dodgers will travel home and host the Diamondbacks for a four-game series. Clayton Kershaw, who gave up 4 earned runs on eight hits against the Rockies in his last start, will face off against former teammate Zack Greinke. The Dodgers hit five home runs off of him last year in his return to Dodger Stadium, and the fans are hoping that it will happen again. The game starts at 7:10 pm PT. It will be televised on SportsNet LA.