I'll keep this short and sweet.
Derek Lowe pitches six strong innings. He gave up 2 runs, gave up 7 hits and striking out 6. His counterpart, Ryan Dempster, gave up 4 runs in 4.2 innings and threw 109 pitches, only 57 of which were strikes.
James Loney brought the Dodgers back with a grand slam after trailing 2-0. The Dodgers never looked back and padded their lead when Manny Ramirez Anthony Kim'd a ball into the fourteenth row of the center field bleachers. Russell Martin also homered in the ninth.
Ryan Dempster isn't the ace of the Cubs staff by any means, and we'll see how the Dodgers do against the Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano.
It was great to see Greg Maddux getting some time for the Dodgers in the ninth inning. Even better that he got an ovation from the Chicago crowd before the game.
But it may just be the fact that the Dodgers and Manny "Wind Beneath My Wings" Ramirez are too much for the Cubbies. I can't wait to watch this series unfold. It's going to be a good one.
War to ManRam. War to Derek Lowe. War to Joe Torre making the playoffs and the Yankees watching from home. War to James Loney coming up big. I don't care if you don't like it.
Dodgers in 5.