The Cubs celebrated their World Series championship once again on Wednesday night, handing out World Series rings to the players. This time, the Dodgers were determined to beat the Cubs and silence the crowd.
Andrew Toles got the Dodgers on the board early with a home run to right field, only three pitches into the game. The home run was the only run that John Lackey allowed in a tough-luck loss to the Dodgers. Lackey threw a low fastball, lower than the previous two balls he had thrown, and Toles got his bat on the ball. The ball just carried over the wall and into the first row of seats. The Dodgers then loaded the bases with a double by Corey Seager, then two walks. Lackey, however, struck out Chase Utley and the Dodgers had left three runners on base.
Brandon McCarthy got to take the mound with an early lead and did not waste it. He pitched six shutout innings in which he allowed four hits and walked three, but still managed to keep the Cubs from scoring. The Dodgers’ defense helped him a lot, turning three double plays.
The Dodgers did not score again until the ninth inning. Utley was on first with two outs and a full count on Toles. Utley was running on the pitch and Toles struck out swinging on a slider that was low and inside. Wilson Contreras dropped the third strike and with Toles running to first, threw to Anthony Rizzo to record the final out. Contreras, however, threw low and Rizzo was unable to pick the ball out of the dirt. The ball got behind Rizzo and Utley didn’t stop running. Utley scored and Toles stopped at second and the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will face off against Brett Anderson in the rubber match of the three-game series. Anderson, a former Dodger signed with the Cubs as a free-agent this offseason. You can expect to see the Dodgers’ standard right-handed lineup. The only difference is that Franklin Gutierrez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list and will not be available in the series finale. Trayce Thompson will most likely start in left field for Gutierrez. The game will start at 11:20 am PT. The game will be shown on SportsNet LA and MLB Network.