Dodgers shutout Cubs on Ring Night
CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon McCarthy pitched four-hit ball over six innings, Andrew Toles hit his first leadoff homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Chicago 2-0 on Wednesday night after the Cubs received their championship rings.
The Cubs put the finishing touches on a celebration that started when they beat Cleveland in Game 7 last November to win the World Series for the first time since 1908. They raised the banner Monday night and got 14-karat white gold rings with a total of 214 diamonds in a ceremony Wednesday that drew more roars from the fans at Wrigley Field.
But once the game started, there wasn’t much to cheer.
Toles gave the Dodgers a quick lead with his drive off John Lackey to start the game, and it stayed 1-0 until the ninth.
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras bounced a wild throw to first after Toles swung at strike three in the dirt with two outs. Chase Utley, who led off with a walk, raced home from first on the error to make it 2-0, and Los Angeles closed it out after dropping three of four.
McCarthy (2-0), coming off a strong start to beat San Diego last week, struck out four and walked three.
Ross Stripling retired the side in the seventh and left with a runner on second and two outs in the eighth after striking out Jon Jay on a 3-2 pitch. Luis Avilan then struck out Kyle Schwarber to end the inning.
Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his second save, after giving up Anthony Rizzo’s game-winning single Monday night.
Lackey (1-1) held the Dodgers to a run and four hits over six innings. The veteran right-hander struck out 10 and walked three. He threw 106 pitches — 32 in the first inning, when he escaped a bases-loaded jam.
Mike Montgomery worked two scoreless innings for Chicago. The Dodgers loaded the bases against him in the eighth before pinch-hitter Justin Turner — batting for Joc Pederson — grounded into a double play to end the threat.