Pitching took center stage once again at Wrigley Field last night as Jon Lester went the distance in the Chicago Cubs’ 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. His only mistake of the night came against the very first batter he faced as Enrique Hernandez took the Cubs’ lefty deep for LA’s only run of the night. Lester would give up three scattered hits the rest of the way to earn his sixth win of the season.
The Dodgers’ pitching was nearly as impressive as three pitchers combined to give up just three hits to the Cubs’ offense, but a two-run homer from Kris Bryant in the third off starter Mike Bolsinger was enough to get the job done.
In today’s series finale, the Cubs will get their first look at 19-year-old rookie left-hander Julio Arias, who has just 2 2/3 innings of big-league experience to his credit. He’s starting in place of the injured Kenta Maeda (hand) and gave up three runs, five hits and walked four in the first start of his young career. It’s said that the youngster has great stuff and it will certainly be interesting to see how the Cubs’ offense reacts given the fact that they’ve only managed four hits over the past two nights.
Taking the bump for the Cubs is Kyle Hendricks, who’ll be looking to even up his 2016 record at 4-4. The 26-year-old right-hander is coming off of the best outing of the season this past Saturday in which he allowed just one run on five hits for his first complete game of the year. Hendricks also allowed just one run in the start before that in a tough 1-0 loss to the Giants on May 22.
Here’s everything else you need to know about today’s series finale at the Friendly Confines.
Los Angeles Dodgers (28-26) at Chicago Cubs (36-15)
Time: 1:20 PM CT
Location: Wrigley Field
Radio: 670 The Score
Starting Pitchers: Julio Urias (0-0, 10.13 ERA) vs Kyle Hendricks (3-4, 2.93 ERA)