The veteran Denorfia plays hero in extras for Cubs
The Chicago Cubs have had the nickname the “Cardiac Cubs” in the past. But generally, it was because of their inability to hold leads, certain closers and their..ahem, dramatics. I don’t think there would be any dispute that it would apply now, but for a whole different reason. Chris Denorfia hit a deep sacrifice fly to center to score Matt Sczcur to give the Cubs the dramatic 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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The bullpen was in top form yesterday, but the Cubs (39-30) got most of their work from Jason Hammel, who was impressive but didn’t figure into the decision. He went 7 2/3, striking six and walking two. He gave way to Hector Rondon who forced the short pop-up that didn’t create a clustering of Cubs in short left field before Chris Coghlan made the grab without the Dodgers cracking the scoring.
This came after the Dodgers (39-33) Yasiel Puig hit an easy fly ball to right field in the sixth that Mike Baxter and Sczcur lost in the lights. They were able to strand Puig at third, as that was about the biggest threat the Dodgers would provide all night.
The Dodgers Zack Greinke was impressive as well, but once again the high-powered Dodgers offense failed to provide support as he too didn’t factor into the decision, as he hasn’t won since May 5 but owns a 1.70 ERA.
The Dodgers Joel Peralta (1-1, 1.59) loaded the bases before giving way to Kenley Jansen, who allowed the game-winning hit. The win went to Jason Motte (5-1, 3.29) for pitching a clean 10th with a strikeout.