There finally was a pitcher's duel in this series. Yu Darvish and Walker Buehler went pitch for nearly pitch for seven straight innings. Darvish was on the losing end due to Alex Verdugo's solo blast, but the two starters combined for 16 strikeouts over those seven frames. Both clubs could manage just two hits against the two starters with electric stuff. And it looked like another long, unproductive night in LA for the Cubs. And then Bryzzo happened.
Walker Buehler dominated the Cubs lineup all night. He retired the first ten batters he faced and was in the midst of striking out three in a row prior to Kris Bryant's second trip in fourth inning. Bryant was the first Cub to reach but a home town scoring ruled it an error with the no hitter still in play. The no hitter would finally be broken up by back to back singles by Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber in the sixth inning. Buehler retired Bryzzo to keep his shutout temporarily in tact. The Cubs only other base runner against the young Dodgers starter came in the seventh via another Dodger error.
Yu Darvish did not have the drama of a no hit bid. Max Muncy hit a clean single with one out in the second, but Darvish struck out the next two batters. Darvish pitched a clean third inning, but Verdugo led off the fourth with a solo blast. Cody Bellinger drew the only walk issued by the starters, and he would advance to third on a stolen base and a fielder's choice. But Matt Beaty grounded out to the shortstop to end the frame. Darvish pitched three straight 1-2-3 innings to finish his quality start.
Pedro Báez was the first reliever to enter the game, and for the first time in the series it was a Dodger reliever the first to enter. Báez issued a walk to David Bote before he was erased on Addison Russell's double play. Brandon Kintzler did not have quite the same luck. Kike Hernández singled to start the inning, but was picked off by Kintzler. The pickoff occurred after Austin Barnes flew out, but David Freese singled to keep the inning alive. Kyle Ryan was summoned to face Chris Taylor. Another groundball single to threaten to extend the Dodgers lead, but Verdugo bounced the ball back to Ryan to end the inning.
It was Kenley Jansen time, and that usually means ballgame over. However, Kris Bryant earned first base the hard way once again to start the inning, and then Anthony Rizzo flipped the game by launching a no doubt game winning blast. Jansen reverted to form by retiring the next three Cubs hitters but the damage had been done.
Pedro Strop was given the ninth as we are still in the PKE. Justin Turner bounced the ball to Rizzo and it required an athletic play by Strop to make the grab and holding onto the bag for the first out. Cody Bellinger struck out swinging before Max Muncy kept hope alive with a base on balls. Matt Beaty looked like an overmatched rookie finally and also struck out swinging to end the game.
All that needs to be said at this point.