Cubs bullpen holds off Dodgers

Drew Hanft, Sports Reporter

The Chicago Cubs definitely seem to be past the slump they were in just last week. After a stretch where the Cubs lost eight out of thirteen games, The Cubs have now won six in a row after taking two out of three against the Cardinals, sweeping the Phillies, and a victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.

The Cubs looked as if they were going to face some more adversity in the second inning, the first real scare since Kyle Schwarber went down in just the third game of the year, when starting pitcher Jason Hammel went down with some cramping in his leg. Hammel was hindered by a nagging calf injury last year and it threw off the rest of his season .Hammel is reported to be fine after the incident and that is great news for the Cubs. The best part of the game today however, was the way the Cubs bullpen shut down the Dodgers for the remaining seven innings. Travis Wood pitched four innings of perfect baseball and struck out four batters while doing so. Justin Grimm, Pedro Strop, and Hector Rondon each pitched a scoreless inning to give the Cubs the support to get the victory over Los Angeles.

Dexter Fowler missed the start due to a sore heel but the Cubs did not miss a beat with Ben Zobrist as the lead off man as he extended his hitting streak to sixteen games. image

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