LOS ANGELES—Alex Wood is unstoppable. After starting the season in the bullpen he has taken over as a starting pitcher and hasn’t looked back. Against the Cubs on Friday, May 26, he threw for five scoreless innings, extending his career high scoreless inning streak to a major league leading 25 1/3 innings.
“I definitely feel confident now,” Wood said. “The consistency of my stuff has been there and that’s where my confidence is coming from. That’s how it’s been everytime I go out there, and I just want to keep doing what I’m doing every time out.”
Save for two back to back singles from the Cubs in the second inning, Wood (6-0, 1.69 ERA) was absolutely flawless. He got out of that two-out second inning jam by striking out the remaining batter. He added another seven strikeouts to that tally while only walking two batters over his five inning performance. A performance the opposing manager was happy to see come to an end after five innings.
“I thought it was somewhat of a victory getting Wood out after five,” said Cubs Manager Joe Maddon. “He started out hot. His numbers were high, but then all of a sudden his velocity came back down. But their bullpen was that good.”
Pedro Baez (1.27 ERA) and Chris Hatcher (3.46 ERA) filled in for Wood following his departure, continuing to blank the Cubs with two scoreless innings apiece. The opposing pitcher Jake Arrieta (5-4, 4.92 ERA) did not experience similar success. Hee struck out nine batters while only giving up one run, he also surrendered four runs off five hits.
“For the most part, it was really good, it really was,” said Arrieta. “Just a couple of mistakes came back to get me.”
Those mistakes came courtesy of Chase Utley, Yasmani Grandal and Adrian Gonzalez. Utley broke the scoreless tie in the third inning when he hit a solo shot for the second straight game. Grandal followed up with double in the fourth that sent Corey Seager home and extended the lead to 2-0. Seager scored again in the sixth inning when Gonzalez smashed a 426 foot long-ball to center field, his first home run of the season.
The Dodgers have now won 9 of their last 11 contests, and their 19-8 home record is the second best in the majors. They will look to improve on their already stellar home record as they continue their series with the Cubs Saturday evening. A couple of right handers will square off as the Cubs John Lackey (4-4, 4.82 ERA) and Brandon McCarthy (4-1 3.76 ERA) take the mound.