Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The next batter, Jason Heyward, singled home Zobrist. With one out, Anthony Rizzo doubled to score Heyward. Wood allowed seven hits in five innings, walking three batters and striking out seven.The Cubs lineup features “some guys hunt fastballs pretty good, so we threw a little more off-speed today,” Wood said. “They’ve got at least three guys that, just, not good on any off-speed at least from left-handers. We worked a little bit away from what we normally do.”The left-hander had been scratched from his scheduled start Friday in New York because of a sore triceps muscle. He suggested that he was still feeling less than 100 percent Monday, merely “good enough to go and that was all that matters.”The loss was only the Dodgers’ second in their last seven games. While the Dodgers’ hitters tipped their caps to a quintet of Cubs pitchers, maybe the Cubs should tip their caps to the schedule makers.Monday marked the Dodgers’ 52nd game of the year. They’ve visited the East Coast on three separate occasions by now, so even with a brand-new coaching staff their out-of-town routine is well honed. But this was the first time all year the Dodgers played a day game after a night game in two different time zones. While Alex Wood was able to fly to Chicago a day in advance, the Dodgers’ position players could not. They took their usual complement of hacks in the batting cage before the game but did not take batting practice on the field. That was the only change to their pregame routine.“Getting to bed at 4 o’clock (in the morning) isn’t an excuse,” hitting coach Turner Ward said, “but it does make it tough.”The schedule won’t offer any favors Tuesday, either. The last time Cubs starter Jake Arrieta faced the Dodgers, he threw a no-hitter on August 30 of last year. Including that game, he’s allowed 15 earned runs in 17 regular-season starts since.The Dodgers will send left-hander Scott Kazmir to the mound under the lights to face the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner. The burden is not so much on Kazmir as the Dodgers’ hitters.“I think that we’re on to something offensively,” Roberts said. “(Monday) is something we’ll turn the page on.” CHICAGO >> The Dodgers checked out of their hotel in New York on Sunday, played a game past 11 p.m. local time, then grabbed a quick flight and checked into a hotel in Chicago in the darkness Monday morning.Their offense still hasn’t checked in to Wrigley Field.The Dodgers mustered a total of two baserunners Monday afternoon against Chicago Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel and four relievers in a 2-0 loss before the announced crowd of 41,470 at Wrigley Field. Hammel allowed a single to the third batter he faced, Justin Turner. The next batter, Adrian Gonzalez, walked. The Dodgers did not put another runner on base the rest of the day, and their final 25 hitters went down in order. “For us to muster one hit and one walk,” Dave Roberts said, “obviously it’s tough to score. It’s just one of those games.”The Dodgers were given a golden opportunity when Hammel came down with a cramp in his right hamstring as he warmed up to pitch the third inning. After an athletic trainer and Cubs manager Joe Maddon briefly checked on the pitcher, Hammel left the field and was replaced by Travis Wood.Wood (3-0) pitched four scoreless innings without a hint of resistance. Justin Grimm, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon pitched an easy seventh, eighth and ninth innings. The Dodgers finished 1 for 28 with 11 strikeouts.“You try to grind some at-bats and wear out the bullpen,” Turner said. “(Travis Wood) did a good job of pounding the zone and getting quick outs. You’ve got to tip your cap to him.”The Cubs got both of their runs against Dodgers starter Alex Wood (1-4) in the fifth inning. Ben Zobrist led off with a line drive to right field and took third base when the ball got under Yasiel Puig’s glove in right field; the play was scored as a single and a two-base error.
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