CHICAGO – We know what pitch they both want back.
Enrqiue Hernandez hit a solo home run and Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer as Jon Lester and Mike Bolsinger each made just one mistake as the Chicago Cubs held off the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
Hernandez made his first start in the lineup since May 20th and greeted Lester (6-3) with a leadoff home run on the second pitch of the game to give the Dodgers an early 1-0 lead.
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The Cubs' lefty was dominant from there, retiring 15 straight batters to end the game as he allowed just one run on four hits with ten strikeouts in a complete-game performance.
Bolsinger (1-2) matched Lester through the first five innings, but after a leadoff walk to Dexter Fowler in the third inning, Mike's mistake cost him two runs as the eigning NL Rookie of the Year hit a moon shot to left-center to give the Cubs the lead.
Bolsinger was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning before he faced the third time through the lineup—when he struggles—as he surrendered just two runs on two his with six strikeouts in five innings.
Dodgers relief pitchers Pedro Baez and Casey Fein combined to pitch three scoreless innings in relief, but it was not enough to get the victory as the offense went silent after the first inning.
Players of the Game:
Jon Lester: 1 run on 4 hits with 10 strikeouts in a complete-game.
Enrique Hernandez: Solo home run.
Kris Bryant: Game-winning two-run home run.
1. Cure for Craig: NBA Basketball sideline reporter Craig Sager of TNT, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," during the 7th inning stretch as the Chicago Cubs celebrated Conquer Cancer Day at Wrigley Field. Sager, who has Leukemia, is currently undergoing treatment.
2. The Duke: 61 years ago today, Dodger Hall of Famer, Duke Snider, became the first Dodger to hit three home runs in a single game when he sent three long balls intor orbit at Ebbets Field against the Braves.
3. Bang My Head: Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Trayce Thompson made a leaping catch against the brick wall in foul territory during the game and the moment was caught by Dodgers' photographer Jon Soo Hoo.
Dodgers (28-26): The "Teenager," Julio Urias will make his second career start at Wrigley Field as the Dodgers try and even the series and win the road trip on Thursday.
Cubs (36-15): Kyle Hendricks will start for the Cubs as first pitch is scheduled for an early 11:20 AM PST start.
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