Chicago Cubs News: Cubs look for fifth-straight against Dodgers


On Wednesday night, should the weather hold out, the Chicago Cubs will look to pick up their fifth-straight win, including a third-consecutive ‘W’ against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Once-again on Tuesday night, the Chicago Cubs pulled off their ninth walk-off win of the season, topping the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 innings by a 1-0 final.

Chris Denorfia delivered the deciding blow on a sac fly in the 10th, lifting the Cubs to another win over Don Mattingly‘s club – despite facing both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

"“That’s got to give you some kind of confidence that you can do it against the best,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told “You have to pitch better than good pitching, and we did it two nights in a row. That’s the key to the whole thing. We pitched so well and played defense so well and were able to muster enough runs to win both games.”"

Chicago (39-30) sits a season-high nine games over .500 and will look to righty Kyle Hendricks to get them to the 10-game over mark for the first time this season. Hendricks (2-3, 4.28) allowed six earned runs in just five innings his last time out, a loss to the Minnesota Twins.

His last start at Wrigley, which came on June 13, Hendricks allowed just one run in five innings of work against the Reds. On the year, his earned run average is nearly a run-and-a-half lower at home than on the road.

Opposite Hendricks is Mike Bolsinger, who after a red-hot start has faded badly. His last start was his worst of the season, as he was roughed up for five runs in 5 1/3 innings against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

In his last four outings, he’s managed just one quality start and, although he has success against Chicago in the past, Bolsinger will face a tall task Wednesday in de-railing a solid Cubs team.

First pitch is set for 7:0p p.m. CT at the Confines. ESPN and CSN will carry the television broadcast and 780 WBBM will have the radio call.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups.

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