Cubs’ bats fail to deliver in loss to road-warrior Dodgers
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org August 3, 2013 6:44PM
Updated: August 3, 2013 11:37PM
The Los Angeles Dodgers continued to feel at home Saturday at Wrigley Field, winning their third straight over the Cubs and their team-record 13th in a row on the road in a 3-0 decision.
The game was close until the sixth inning, when the Dodgers boosted their one-run lead to three, all at the expense of Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija.
The Cubs stranded seven in going 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position, including leaving the bases loaded in the eighth. They also hit into four double plays, tying a season high. Three of them ended innings.
Samardzija (6-10) was pitching in jams for most of the game. He escaped in the second when he struck out the side after walking two, and in the fifth when the bases were loaded after his throwing error on a force play at second. He struck out Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig to end that inning.
But Crawford came through in the sixth with two outs when he singled home two.
‘‘I’ve said it before, you have to have the fastball command to get ahead of hitters, and he couldn’t do it,’’ Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. ‘‘Fastball command will dictate every outing, and he didn’t have it today. He battled and got the outs [in some innings], but the pitches got to be too many.’’
‘‘It was two leadoff walks,’’ Samardzija said. ‘‘You put the first guy on with no outs, especially against that team, and it puts you in a hole. If I could take back anything, it would be those two leadoff walks to [Skip] Schumaker [in the second and sixth].’’
A day after getting 14 hits, the Cubs managed only six (five singles) against Chris Capuano (4-6). They had eight for the game.
Capuano worked 6 1/3 innings, giving up one walk and striking out five.
The Cubs turned two double plays, including an unassisted one by Starlin Castro with the bases loaded to end the Dodgers’ ninth.
The Cubs fell to 1-6 on the homestand, which ends Sunday.
Puig made a diving catch on Castro’s line drive into the gap in the seventh with a runner on second to preserve the shutout. He left the game after the inning and is day-to-day with a wrist injury.