The Los Angeles Dodgers won a wild and crazy game on Sunday, to complete a regular season sweep of the Chicago Cubs. After going down 5-0 in the top of the first, they completed a comeback to win the game 11-9.
Julio Urías had a 45 pitch first inning, where he hit two batters and allowed a grand slam. After striking out the leadoff batter, he seemingly fell apart and grew more frustrated as the inning continued. He seemed especially frustrated with Gavin Lux’s defense in left field, and did not move from the mound to cover bases multiple times.
Urías rebounded in the second, striking out two and retiring the side, but only pitched those two innings.
The Dodgers started their climb back by scoring three in the bottom in the first off of Cubs started Drew Smyly.
Phil Bickford entered in the third inning, and allowed three more runs, and the Dodgers again found themselves down five runs.
But, the Dodgers showed themselves to be resilient, scoring six runs in the bottom of the third inning, taking a 9-8 lead.
The Dodgers scored one more in the sixth and seventh inning, including a solo homer from Freddie Freeman. The Cubs scored one more in the top of the eighth, but the Dodgers and their bullpen prevailed for the win.
The game lasted over four hours and featured seven pitchers for the Dodgers. Even though they scored 11 runs, the Dodgers will only went 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
The Dodgers finished their best home stand of the season, going 10-1. In their stretch of 20 straight games, they went 16-4 and now lead the NL West by eight games over the San Diego Padres. Their lead was only 1.5 games when the home stand began.
Will Smith was the biggest snub, especially since he lead the chosen Travis d’Arnaud in almost every category. He still could be named to the team if other players decline to play. Freeman also did not make the team.
Manager Dave Roberts has been lobbying for Kershaw to start the All-Star Game.
“The game’s for the fans,” he said, “and it’s just only fitting that Clayton would get that opportunity. I respect Brian (Snitker) but I’d be crazy not to think that Clayton should be named the starter.”
The All-Star Game will be next Tuesday, July 19th at Dodger Stadium.