On paper this matchup looks, well, horrible for the Cubs. Luckily for the Cubs they don’t play these games on paper, that could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. Given the matchups this weekend the Cubs are at a severe disadvantage when it comes to pitching. This could be said for the whole season, but it hasn’t ever been as bad as this, with Dempster gone, and Garza shelved it could be a long series for Samardzija, Germano, and Coleman. If the Cubs want any shot at winning this series they are going to need to get outstanding performances from said starters as the offense will be hard pressed to put up very many runs. The Dodgers rank third in the National League with a 3.38 ERA, compared to the Cubs who have a 4.31 ERA good for 14th in the NL. The only good news for the Cubs right now is that the Dodgers come into this series reeling despite acquiring Shane Victorino and Hanley Ramirez before the trade deadline. They were just swept by the Diamondbacks and currently sit .5 game out of first with the D-Backs hot on their tail for second. It will be interesting to see which Cubs team finishes this series as Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson have both been rumored to be getting the call very soon.
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The Cubs continue to show a fight that seems to have been missing for years. Trailing 3-2 for most of the day, and into the ninth, the Cubs finally broke through. With runners at 1st and 2nd and one out, Tony Campana roped a double to right center field to tie the game at three. For a moment it looked like Campana’s double would also be a game winner, but two perfect throws from the Dodgers resulted in DeJesus being cut down at the plate. If a 2 hour and 41 minute rain delay wasn’t long enough, the Cubs and Dodgers were headed into extra innings. Darwin Barney led the 11th off with what looked like a ground out, but Adam Kennedy played it into a lead off double. Two batters later, with the bases loaded and nobody out, David DeJesus walked off, literally, drawing a free pass to give the Cubs a 4-3 victory. Travis Wood, pitching in place of a sick Matt Garza, turned in a tremendous effort going six innings and only allowing three runs in a no decision. The Cubs bullpen continued their stellar work going 5 scoreless innings. At the plate Bryan LaHair continued his unreal start to the season going 3-for-4 to raise his average to .390. Full recap and highlights after the jump.