LOS ANGELES – Not only did the Dodgers need extra innings Saturday night to beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, on Hanley Ramirez’ 12th inning walk-off three-run home run which was the first walk-off home run of his career, it was done in a steady rain for those three extra innings.
Saturday night’s game – which began at 6:10pm – lasted four hours and thirty-nine minutes.
There must be some sort of adjustments needed to be made for today’s match-up by both teams considering the length of Saturday’s extra-inning affair.
I asked Dodgers’ skipper Don Mattingly what – if any- adjustments he’s made for today’s game after last night’s 12-inning marathon. To hear his response click on the video with this story.
First pitch for today’s rubber-game between the Dodgers and Cubs is 1:10pm. It’s a match-up of two pitchers who have hurled no-hitters this season. Chicago’s Edwin Jackson (5-11, 5.79 ERA) pitched his against the Tampa Bay Rays while L.A.’s Josh Beckett (6-2, 2.74 ERA) threw his in Philadelphia against the Phillies.
The Cubs won the first game of the three-game set Friday night dispatching the Dodgers’ Dan Haren beating L.A. 8-2. Chicago goes for their first series win at Dodger Stadium since taking two-of-thee at Chavez Ravine in May of 2011.
Beckett – who’s combined to allow eight runs in eight innings since returning from the disabled list on July 22nd after an injury to his left hip – last faced the Chicago Cubs in August of 2005.
The Dodgers enter the game in first place in the National League Western Division three-and-a-half games ahead of the second place San Francisco Giants tying their largest lead of the season. Los Angeles has won seven of eight coming in.