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Game of the Week Preview: Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers 4:10 PM ET



The Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers entered their three game series on Friday, both in first place and gearing up for the postseason. The one big difference between the two is the Cubs (82-46) lead the NL Central Division by 14 games, and the Dodgers (72-57) lead the NL West by just 1.5 games.

On Friday, the Cubs and Dodgers played to a 10 inning game as Kris Bryant went yard twice for his 34 and 35 home runs on the season, with his latter coming in the top of the 10th, propelling the Cubs to a 6-4 come from behind victory. Chicago took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but L.A. battled back and took a 3-1 lead with a run each in the second, third and fourth innings.

After the Cubs pulled within a run in the top of the 5th, the Dodgers scored again in the 7th to extend their lead to 4-2.  But the Cubbies would not be denied the opportunity for the fans to wave the W back home, as they scored a run each in the 8th and 9th, and Bryant’s bomb put them in the lead for good in extras.

In the bottom half of the 10th, Aroldis Chapman came on and saved his 30th game on the season (10 with the Cubs in 12 chances) ending the game striking out Chase Utley on a foul tip with a 101.3 MPH four-seam fastball.

On Saturday, the Dodgers regrouped and after both teams scored a run each in the 1st inning, the Dodgers scored two in the bottom of the third and held on for a 3-2 victory.

Dodgers Rookie pitcher Julio Urias won his fifth game of the season against just two losses, tossing six innings, allowing just one run on six hits, walking two and striking out eight. On the offensive side, L.A.’s rookie sensation Corey Seager, who is a sure shot for the NL Rookie of the Year award, hit his 23 home run, while driving in his 62 run on the season.

On Sunday, the Cubs send Jon Lester (14-4, 2.81 ERA) to the mound against the Dodgers Brock Stewart (0-2, 11.25 ERA).

Lester, who has won five of his last seven starts and hasn’t lost a game since July 3rd, will be vying for his third straight victory.

Dodgers rookie right hander, Stewart, who started the 2016 season in High A ball and moved quickly through the system with stops in Double A and Triple-A before earning a spot start for the Dodgers on June 29th. In just three games this season, Stewart has given up 15 runs and 20 hits, allowing five home runs, walking seven batters and striking out 10.

Game is scheduled for 4:10 pm ET at Dodger Stadium.


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