“It usually worked out, though a biggest thing was putting runs on a board,” pronounced manager Don Mattingly, not peaceful to contend a Dodgers stole a diversion with a radical pitching approach.
Matt Kemp homered with 4 hits and 4 RBIs and Yasiel Puig scored 4 runs in a Bullpen Day win as a Dodgers finished a divided report with a best highway record (49-32) in round after a fatiguing 6-4 trip.
Kemp pronounced he won’t be confident with a second uninterrupted multiplication title.
“I wish to win out,” he said. “I wish to have a best record in a National League. That would contend something about a team. The home-field advantage is important.”
The Dodgers’ offense enjoyed a outing by 3 hitters’ parks, averaging 7.5 runs a game. Kemp leads a joining in slugging commission given a All-Star break, Adrian Gonzalez combined an RBI to his league-leading sum (112) and extended his attack strain to 9 games, Hanley Ramirez is attack .488 over a final dozen games, and Puig has come alive again. Ramirez, Juan Uribe and Scott Van Slyke also gathering in runs.
“A lot of guys have been stepping up,” pronounced Mattingly, joking that canceling batting use this weekend hasn’t hurt. “Getting into a final month, a guys know where we’re during and what’s during stake.”
Jamey Wright, creation his 248th Major League start though usually a second given 2007, authorised one run in dual innings to start a bullpen parade. He struck out 3 though one of dual walks incited into a Cubs’ initial run and helped adult his representation count to 46.
Wright left with a 4-1 lead and Carlos Frias took a baton. He struck out five, though both walks contributed to 3 runs in 3 innings.
“Frias’ third inning [the fifth, that started with a span of walks] was scary,” pronounced pitching manager Rick Honeycutt. “But he bounced back, didn’t give adult a lead and we stranded with a plan. We wanted to get by a fifth inning with a lead and afterwards compare up. Frias shutting out a fifth inning was huge. Thank integrity this time of year we have additional arms. We got a round to Kenley [Jansen] with a three-run lead, and that’s what we were sharpened for.”
“The branch indicate in a diversion was a 6 uninterrupted outs by Chris and Paco,” pronounced catcher A.J. Ellis. “Those dual guys have adult their ups and downs with health and opening this year, though they’ve bounced behind and stopped their momentum.”
“I usually challenged myself in that conditions not to let them score,” pronounced Jansen, aided mightily by a defensive gem from Uribe on Anthony Rizzo‘s one-out grounder that was worse than it looked.
“Even as immature as we are, we suspicion we hold a own,” pronounced Cubs manager Rick Renteria. “Don’t consider they weren’t a small disturbed in a ninth when we got going. They’re perplexing to bind a division, and we’re perplexing to uncover everybody who we are.”
Of course, there were a daily Puig theatrics. In a initial inning, he ran by a stop pointer to score. In a fifth inning, immediately after appearing to spin his right ankle on an aborted slip hidden second base, he dashed around third but perplexity and scored station adult on a Kemp single. He also had dual hits and reached bottom on an blunder and passed-ball strikeout.
Wright was still violence himself adult for permitting a second-inning singular to hostile pitcher Jacob Turner, that ran his representation count high adequate to keep him from a third inning.
“I got strike dual on a pitcher with a four-seamer, that we hadn’t thrown in 5 years, and we got that aged feeling that we could chuck it by him again for a punchout and he slapped it into right field,” pronounced Wright. “That’s what we get for removing greedy.”