Kenta Maeda allowed 6 earned runs on 7 hits, all in the first two innings, as the Cubs beat up on the Dodgers by a score of 7-2 at Wrigley Field. On the other side, the Dodgers were only able to squeak out two runs against José Quintana, who went 7 innings and allowed just 4 hits.
Everything went wrong as soon as Maeda took the mound in the bottom of the first. He gave up a lead-off single, then walked a man, then walked another man with one out to load the bases. With two outs, Wilson Contreras took advantage of a breaking ball over the plate and hit a 3-run double. That was followed by an RBI double from Daniel Descalso and the Cubs led 4-0.
Maeda didn’t have much better luck facing the top of the Cubs lineup in the second inning. He gave up a lead-off single, induced a popup for an out, then served up a home run to Anthony Rizzo. At this point, the game was practically over.
Now, I could sit here an complain about the fact that the Dodger offense was terrible, but Quintana deserves some credit. He pitched well, allowing just 2 runs and 4 hits over 7 innings. He threw 116 pitches and 71 for strikes.
But whether or not Quintana was pitching well, the fact is the Dodgers were unable to pick up their pitcher. The Dodgers went 2-8 with runners in scoring position and left 7 men on base.
The Dodgers will look for redemption on Wednesday night at 5:05 pm. Walker Buehler will try to build off his last start, where he pitched into the 7th inning against Cincinnati. The Cubs will send Cole Hamels (3-0, 2.77 ERA) to the mound.