In case you’ve been living under a rock and missed the millions of tweets and articles about it, let me make you aware that JAVY BAEZ GOT THE CALL! Yes, Javier Baez will be joining the team Tuesday in Colorado and oh how I wish I was there. I know we’re all excited about thinking about the future but let us take a look at the past and see what happened in the Cubs/Dodgers series first.
Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodger Stadium
Cubs 8, Dodgers 2
W: Hendricks (2-1) L: Haren (8-9)
Players usually perform great when they play in their hometown, and that’s exactly what Cubs’ starter Kyle Hendricks did. Hendricks, who grew up about one hour from Dodger Stadium, picked up his second big league win, plus his first multi-hit game and first RBI in the Cubs' 8-2 win over the Dodgers Friday night. This was Hendricks' third consecutive quality start; he finished with a line of seven innings pitched and gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits, struck out three and walked one. As for the offense, Luis Valbuena hit a solo home run in the second which tied the game and the Cubs added three more runs in the third when Ryan Sweeney hit an RBI single and Starlin Castro scored on a throwing error by right fielder Matt Kemp. Sweeney then scored on a wild pitch by Dodgers starter Dan Haren. The Cubs would score three more runs in the fifth and Blake Parker would hold off the Dodgers for the win.
Dodgers 5, Cubs 2
W: Wright (4-2) L: Parker (1-1)
Another game that had to be decided in extras, and unfortunately the Cubs were on the losing side. Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer, his first walk off to beat the Cubs in 12 innings. Prior to Hanley’s hit, the Dodgers were having trouble cashing in. They were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The Cubs could have easily won; they definitely had the chances to do so. They had two on and two outs in the eighth but J.P. Howell struck out pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena to end the inning. They had two on and two outs again in the 12th, but Justin Ruggiano struck out against Jamey Wright. The Cubs went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Tsuyoshi Wada, making his fourth big league start for the Cubs, didn’t get a decision. He pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on six hits, walked two and struck out six.
Cubs 7, Dodgers 3
W: Jackson (6-11) L: Beckett (6-6)
Edwin Jackson needed this win and Cub fans needed to see this side of Jackson as well. It was very enjoyable watching him pitch and hopefully he gets to repeat this performance. With the win, Jackson snapped his seven-game winless streak and helped himself with two hits to lead the Cubs to the series win over the Dodgers. This was Jackson’s first quality start since July 1st and first win since June 20th. He struck out six over six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. Jackson hasn’t had much luck in the first inning. He has given up 20 earned runs in the first inning in his 23 starts for a 7.83 ERA and it looked like this would happen again as the Dodgers loaded the bases with nobody out in the first on three straight hits, and scored one run when Hanley Ramirez, grounded into a double play. Jackson then got Matt Kemp to ground out and end the inning. Chris Coghlan's hot streak continued with a 2-for-3 day including a two-run homer in the fifth that broke up the tie. Luis Valbuena got in on the action and added a solo shot of his own.
Next up for the Cubs:
The Cubs called up Arismendy Alcantara last month and now another up-and-comer is joining him. Yes, Javy Baez is expected to make his big league debut Tuesday night in Colorado. Baez batted .260 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs in 104 games at Triple-A Iowa. The 21-year-old stud is hitting .300 with 12 home runs since July 1st, and after a two-homer performance Sunday, he finally got the call. Baez will try to help the Cubs win a series at Coors Field and if they do, it would be their first since August of 2004. The Rockies are coming off a sweep against Detroit over the weekend and look to stop this losing streak as they send Brett Anderson to the mound. He is the only starter that got a win in Chicago last week when he allowed two runs over seven innings in his 6-4 win over the Cubs. The Cubs look to Travis Wood who is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in five outings against the Rockies.
Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies, Coors Field
Tuesday, August 5
7:40 PM CDT
Travis Wood, LHP vs. Brett Anderson, LHP
TV = CSN+
Thursday, August 7
2:10 PM CDT
Kyle Hendricks, RHP vs. TBA (gotta watch out for TBA, he's a monster)
TV = WGN
Thanks for reading and as always, Go Cubs!