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Morning Box Score: Defense, Bullpen Fails Cubs

By Chuck Sudo in News on Sep 19, 2014 2:30PM

2012_4_9_cubs_logo.jpg LA Dodgers 8, Cubs 4
This White Sox fan had a bird's-eye view of the carnage that happened late Thursday night at Clark and Addison. The one thing worse than watching the Cubs bullpen and defense turn a 4-1 lead into a 7-4 deficit is watching it in a 70 percent empty Friendly Confines where the remaining fans are cheering wildly for the Dodgers.

Tsuyoshi Wada pitched well as he struck out five and allowed one run in five innings while being staked to an early 2-0 lead. Wada left the game with that 4-1 lead but second baseman Logan Watkins bobbled a double play ball in the seventh inning that would have preserved the lead. Hanley Ramirez scored on the play and the floodgates were opened for the Dodgers comeback. The Cubs had three errors in the game but the relief corps couldn't shut down the Dodgers. Neil Ramirez took the loss. He allowed five runs in 2/3 innings (only one run was earned). Brian Schlitter allowed another two runs in 2/3 innings.

Jorge Soler had two RBI and Mike Olt had a double and an RBI for the Cubs. Yasiel Puig was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Los Angeles. The two teams take the field this afternoon and it doesn't get easier for the Cubs as they have to face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.