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Game of the Week Recap: Dodgers Beat Cubs 1-0, Stewart Solid In Five Innings



The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff put on a show on Sunday as both teams puts up zeros until L.A broke through with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning and held on for the 1-0 victory.

The differnce of teh game has to be Brock Stewart who tossed five shutoit innings, allowing just two hits, two walks and struck out a career high eight batters. In his previous three starts, he gave up a total of 15 runs in 12 innings, so his start on Sunday was a shot in teh arm for the Dodgers and their pursuit of a playoff berth.

In the first inning, Dexter Fowler was caught looking at a 93.9 MPH four season fastball to start the game. Kris Bryant then walked off Stewart, the but rookie right hander retired Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist to end the inning.

In the second, Stewart gave up a one-out single to Jason Heyward, but once again retired the next two batters on strikeouts to prevent a big Cubs inning.

What was even more ompressive was that Stewart retired five straight batters by way of a strikeout and eight overall before giving up a lead-off single to Heyward in the top of the fifth. Stewart would get out of a jam as Heyward advanced to third on a sac bunt from Jon Lester, as he induced a flyball off the bat of Fowler.

As for Lester, he too put up zeros on the board allowing just three hits in six innings, with two walks and six strikeouts. But at this point Lester was already at 98 pitches as he gave way to the bullpen who allowed the winning run to score on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez.

With the victory the Dodgers improved to 73-57 and remained two games over the San Francisco Giants, who defeated the Atlanta Braves 13-4 on Sunday afternoon. With the loss the Cubs drop to 82-47, dropping their second straight game, but still with a 14 game lead over the St Louis Cardinals, who also lost on Sunday.

Game Notes

Kris Bryant is batting .385 in August, with nine home runs and 21 RBIs and with his 35 home runs so far this season, he is on pace to surpass 40 for the first time in his brief MLB career.

Adrian Gonzalez is batting .354 in August, with seven home runs and 24 RBIs and recently had a 17-game hitting streak snapped.

Top Performers

Kris Bryant – 2 for 4, Double, BB
Jason Heyward – 2 for 4,

Adrian Gonzalez – 2 for 4, RBI
Brock Stewart – 1 for 1 (First MLB Hit)

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