Dodgers-Cubs: Randy Wolf Is One-Man Wrecking Crew in 2-1 Win

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Dodgers-Cubs: Randy Wolf Is One-Man Wrecking Crew in 2-1 Win

Randy Wolf proved he could do it all—again.

In his last outing on Sunday vs. Arizona, Wolf came just a triple short of the cycle and launched his first home run of the season en route to a 9-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

He also struck out a season-high 10 batters while walking none in the winning effort.

Tonight, he did more of the same for the Los Angeles Dodgers (73-50), going 1-for-1 at the plate with two RBI, which plated the only L.A. runs of the game.

Additionally, he pitched seven strong innings and struck out five against the visiting Chicago Cubs (61-59) in a 2-1 victory.

Wolf went seven innings or more for the fourth consecutive start and allowed one run on one hit while throwing just 88 pitches, fanning five batters on the night.

The low pitch count was a result of delivering 18 out of 24 first-pitch strikes and making a habit of setting the Cubs down in order, doing it five times on the night.

The veteran southpaw used his slow curveball to set up his effectively spotted fastball, keeping the Cubbies baffled all night.

The double came with two outs in the bottom of the second, after Cubs’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez booted a ground ball from Orlando Hudson that could have ended the inning.

Wolf capitalized on the error and lined a first-pitch fastball from Randy Wells into the right-center field gap, scoring Hudson from first and Russell Martin from third.

The hit pushed the Dodgers in front 2-0, and was Wolf’s fourth RBI in his past two games.

Chicago scored their lone run and single hit of the night against Wolf in the third on a Ryan Theriot RBI single.

Theriot knocked a bounding ball towards left field that slipped just under the glove of a diving Rafael Furcal at shortstop and scored Sam Fuld, slimming the Dodgers’ lead to 2-1.

Wolf has now surrendered only four runs in 22.2 innings over his past three starts, good for a 1.64 ERA in that span.

The defensive play of the night came when Fuld, the Cubs center fielder, robbed Manny Ramirez of a home run on an eighth-inning drive.

Fuld leaped high above the Kaiser Permanente sign in right-center and pulled back career home run No. 541 for Manny, but more importantly, he kept the deficit at one run.

The Dodgers’ bullpen shut the door on the Cubs as George Sherill worked a scoreless eighth to set the table for closer Jonathan Broxton in the ninth.

Broxton made good for taking a loss on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals, earning his 27th save of the season and working a perfect inning to seal the 2-1 win and a one-hit shutout for the team.

 

 

 

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WP: Wolf (8-6)

LP: Wells (9-6)

SV: Broxton (27)

 

Notes from Friday night

 

Move Him to Cleanup

Randy Wolf became the first Dodgers’ pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in 1991 to have 11 RBI in one season.

 

PJ Ross is a Featured Columnist for the Los Angeles Dodgers

 

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