CHICAGO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer doubled sharply down the left-field line with two outs in the ninth to drive in two runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers came back to edge the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Tuesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Farmer lined a 2-2 pitch from Justin Wilson into the corner after Wilson had walked pinch-hitter Austin Barnes and Justin Turner singled. Entering the game, Farmer was hitting .226, but was 5 for 15 as a pinch-hitter.
Joc Pederson led off the game with solo shot and Yasiel Puig drove in a run with a bloop double in a rematch of the last two NL Championship Series.
Kris Bryant doubled twice and drove in two runs. Anthony Rizzo added an RBI single for Chicago.
Edward Paredes (2-0), the fifth of six Dodgers relievers, got one out in the eighth to earn the win. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 18th save.
Wilson (1-2) came one pitch away from earning his first save.
The Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda struggled with his control in his second start since coming off the disabled list. The right-hander lasted 3 2-3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and five walks.
Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood allowed two hits and struck out six in five innings, walking five to increase his major-league leading total to 63. Chatwood hit Chris Taylor on the helmet with a pitch in the fourth, but Taylor remained in the game and tripled and scored in the sixth.
Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp and manager Dave Roberts were ejected in the fifth inning for arguing after home plate umpire Tripp Gibson called out Kemp on strikes. Yasmani Grandal was ejected in the ninth after he was caught looking.
The doubleheader was set up after Monday night’s game was postponed by rain and a limited power outage at Wrigley Field.
The Dodgers played their first game at Wrigley Field since they advanced to the World Series with an 11-1 victory over the Cubs in Game 5 of the NLCS on Oct. 19. The teams also met in the 2016 NLCS, with Chicago advancing on its way to its first championship since 1908.
Pederson led off the first with his ninth homer, a line shot to the basket in right-center.
The Cubs took a 2-1 lead in the second. Chicago loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a walk, then Bryant’s liner down the left-field line with two outs bounced up into the stands for a ground-rule double and scored two runs.
After Maeda was lifted with two outs in the fourth, Rizzo greeted reliever Adam Liberatore with an RBI single to left.
Los Angeles cut it to 3-2 in the sixth on Taylor’s triple, followed by Puig’s double that dropped between three Cubs in short center.
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Rizzo has RBIs in 10 straight home games, becoming the fourth Cub to do it since 1920.
Dodgers: LHP and ace Clayton Kershaw (strained lower back) is scheduled make a minor-league rehab start on Saturday with Triple-A Oklahoma City at Omaha. According to manager Dave Roberts, Kershaw will be limited to four innings and 60 pitches. The left-hander’s next appearance could be with Los Angeles. … INF Chase Utley (left thumb sprain) could be activated off the DL later Tuesday or on Wednesday.
Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish, out since May 26 with right triceps tendinitis, will throw a simulated game on Wednesday. Manager Joe Maddon said the Cubs will determine the next step in Darvish’s rehab program based on his response. . INF Javier Baez, hit on the elbow by a pitch in St. Louis on Sunday, didn’t start but came into play second base in the seventh.
Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (1-2, 6.20) will come off the disabled list to start Game 2. Hill was placed on the DL on May 20 with a recurring blister on his left middle finger.
Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (2-2, 3.31) will start the second game. The lefty is 2-1 with a 1.14 ERA in four starts since he was inserted into the rotation after Darvish was sidelined.
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Baez (elbow) might be available for the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Dodgers, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Baez left Sunday’s game against the Cardinals after getting hit in the elbow by a pitch. He’s not starting the afternoon portion of Tuesday’s doubleheader but could to be good to go after a few more hours of rest. Either way, it doesn’t sound as if his absence will be particularly lengthy.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have each collected RBI hits Tuesday as the Cubs hold a 3-2 lead over the Dodgers in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game of a split doubleheader at Wrigley Field.
Bryant pulled a 3-2 pitch off Kenta Maeda down the left field line as it bounced into the seats for a two-run double in the second. Rizzo poked an opposite field single to left off Adam Liberatore to score Jason Heyward in the fourth.
Joc Pederson hit Tyler Chatwood’s second pitch of the game for a home run. Chatwood walked five but limited the Dodgers to one run over five innings and 101 pitches.
Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp and manager Dave Roberts were ejected for arguing a called third strike on Kemp to end the fifth.
Javier Baez was inserted at second base as part of a double switch in the seventh. Baez is likely to start the second game against left-hander Rich Hill.
“I think it’s reasonable, based on what I’m hearing,” manager Joe Maddon said before the game.
Also, Yu Darvish’s simulated game has been moved back to Wednesday.
Left-hander Rob Zastryzny arrived and is available. Zastryzny takes the roster spot of Brian Duensing, who was placed on the bereavement list.
Kyle Ryan started and pitched well, allowing just one baserunner over three innings and that was a two-out infield single in the third. Ryan struck out two.
Daury Torrez pitched the other five innings and didn’t pitch as well. He got the loss after he gave up five runs on five hits, including a three-run home run in the sixth inning. Torrez walked two and struck out three.
Ryan Williams, the Cubs 2015 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, made his first appearance in over a year tonight. Williams was terrific, throwing six scoreless innings and allowing just three hits. He did not walk or strike anyone out, getting weak contact almost every time. Williams threw 51 pitches and 38 of them were for strikes. That’s very encouraging from someone who has pitched only 57.2 innings over the past two seasons combined because of injuries.
Dalton Geekie pitched the ninth inning and got his first save in the Cubs organization. Geekie gave up a leadoff single, but then retired the next three batters in order to end the game. He struck out two.
Left fielder Fernando Kelli led off the bottom of the first inning with an opposite field home run, his first and the first of the year for the Emeralds. Kelli was 1 for 4.
Catcher Jonathan Soto singled and came around to score later in the first inning for the only other run of the game. Soto was 1 for 4.
Here’s Kelli’s leadoff home run.
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For those of you new to the Minor League Wrap, I don’t do a full recap of the rookie league teams. It’s partly just to make my life easier and to get the Wrap done at a reasonable time. It’s also because the stats mean less and less the farther you get from the majors and there is no way for me to “scout” the games short of moving to Arizona for two months every summer and I’m not getting paid enough to do that.
What I will do is provide a link to the box scores and if there is something that you need to know in there, I’ll mention it. “Need to know” is usually rehab appearances or someone hitting two home runs or something like that. If the game isn’t over when it’s time to publish the Wrap, I’ll link to a partial score and update it later if I get a chance.
Also, the Cubs have two teams in the Arizona League this year. So that’s a thing.
CHICAGO — First Mother Nature did not cooperate Monday at Wrigley Field and then neither did the electricity.
What was supposed to have been the first game of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and visiting Los Angeles Dodgers has become a day-night doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday when the forecast calls for even more rain.
After nearly a three-hour delay Monday, Monday’s series opener was postponed due to a combination of stormy weather and a limited power outage inside Wrigley Field that kept lights in right field from being fully operational.
“We are going to be actively working on this issue tonight,” Cubs vice president of communications Julian Green told reporters, according to the Chicago Tribune. “We plan to have the ballpark fully operational by tomorrow.”
Whether the rains hold off long enough to get both games in, however, remains in question.
“Being able to at least get one of those games in tomorrow, even with the forecast equally as dicey, is important,” Green said.
Before the final determination was made to postpone Monday’s game, it appeared the bank of lights in right field might cooperate only to fail once again.
“They thought they had a chance,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters, according to the Los Angeles Times. “But once they went out again, they made the final decision.”
Monday’s game will be rescheduled for 12 p.m. CT before Tuesday’s regularly scheduled game will be played at 7:05 p.m.
Monday’s scheduled Dodgers starter, Kenta Maeda will pitch in the first of the doubleheader on Tuesday and is coming off a no-decision, which came in his first start since coming off a hip injury.
Maeda (4-4, 3.61 ERA) had been pitching extremely well before the hip injury on May 29. Maeda had thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings with 20 strikeouts in his two previous starts before the injury. Maeda will make his first career start against the Cubs.
Rich Hill is scheduled to start for the Dodgers in Tuesday’s nightcap.
Hill will return from the disabled list after missing nearly a month due to recurring blisters. He last pitched May 19 in Washington before exiting with a blister after throwing two pitches.
In six starts this season, Hill is 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA. He is 1-0 with an 0.82 ERA in a pair of postseason starts against the Cubs but last faced them in the regular season as a reliever for the Boston Red Sox on May 21, 2011.
After having his start pushed back a day, Tyler Chatwood (3-5. 4.12) will attempt to get on track Tuesday afternoon against the Dodgers. Chatwood is seeking his first win since May 11 and allowed four runs over five innings in his last outing against the Milwaukee Brewers. Chatwood has struggled with walks all season and has walked at least four in four of his past five outings.
Chatwood is 5-9 with a 4.07 ERA in 15 career starts against the Dodgers.
Montgomery is making his fifth start of the season and is 2-1 with a 1.14 ERA as a starting pitcher. He last pitched Wednesday in Milwaukee when he allowed one run on two hits in six innings of a 1-0 loss.
He is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA in three outings against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers and Cubs are both coming off successful weekends when they took two of three games from the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively. As the Dodgers look to get back on track after having their five-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, they received encouraging news that ace Clayton Kershaw could return to the rotation as early as this weekend, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
Kershaw threw a simulated game on Monday and could make his return either against the New York Mets or in a minor-league rehab start. Roberts told reporters that Kershaw would prefer to pitch at the big-league level.
“Clayton is going to be more on the aggressive side, which we all know and appreciated,” Roberts said. “But we’re going to have a conversation with the training staff, the front office and really try to figure out what makes the most sense for him and for us.”
The Cubs could get Javier Baez back for Tuesday. Baez left Sunday’s 5-0 loss at St. Louis with a left elbow contusion after being hit by a pitch Baez was not in the lineup before Monday’s game was postponed and did not need x-rays.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs infielder Javier Baez is feeling better after he was hit on the left elbow by a pitch.
Baez was plunked by Jack Flaherty in the third inning of Sunday night’s 5-0 loss at St. Louis. But he could return as soon as Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He was not in the starting lineup before Monday’s series opener against Los Angeles was postponed by a mixture of poor weather and a limited power outage at Wrigley Field. He said his elbow is still pretty swollen, but he felt good and no X-rays were needed.
“I was scared for a moment but after I started feeling everything, I knew everything was good,” he said.
Baez leads the Cubs with 14 homers and is tied for the team lead with 46 RBIs.
“That’s a tough one right there,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I’ve actually gone through that particular instance, and it stings and you want to throw up and it’s hot, but you actually come out of it.
“He’s a tough kid. I’m not totally surprised that he’s fine. It’s just an awkward spot when it happens.”
Baez said Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina texted him Sunday night to see if he was all right.
Also Monday, the Cubs placed reliever Brian Duensing on the bereavement list and recalled left-hander Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Iowa. Duensing’s grandfather died on Saturday.
“He is in a better place but we miss him dearly already,” Duensing posted on his Twitter account.