Young stars Lake, Rizzo, Puig own the night in Dodgers’ 6-4 win over Cubs
By GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org August 1, 2013 11:16PM
Updated: August 6, 2013 6:57PM
Anybody who went to Wrigley Field Thursday night wanting to see kids put on a show got what they came for.
Anybody looking for the Cubs to slow down the hottest team in baseball, not so much.
The National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cubs 6-4 in the opener of a four-game series, but not before the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig and the Cubs’ Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo – with about a year and a half in the big leagues combined – went off.
Lake, who made his big-league debut less than two weeks ago, homered in his first two at-bats and crashed at high-speed into the bricks in foul territory in left to make a catch in the ninth.
Rizzo, the building-block first baseman who had a $41-million contract before he had a year in the big leagues, followed Lake’s first homer with one of his own, then added another in the eighth.
But it was Puig’s Dodgers who owned the night, and they didn’t even need his ninth-inning solo shot to do it.
Puig also walked and scored in a two-run fifth and doubled in a three-run Dodger sixth – before getting thrown out at the plate to end the inning trying to score from second on a single one batter later.
The Dodgers have won 11 of 13 and improved to 28-7 since June 21.