Series: Game 3 of 4

LA Dodgers leads 2-1 (as of 9/20)

Game 1: Thursday, September 18
LA Dodgers8Final
Chi Cubs4
Game 2: Friday, September 19
LA Dodgers14Final
Chi Cubs5
Game 3: Saturday, September 20
LA Dodgers7Final
Chi Cubs8
Game 4: Sunday, September 21
LA Dodgers8Final
Chi Cubs5

Dodgers 7

(88-67, 48-32 away)

Cubs 8

(69-86, 39-38 home)

    Coverage:  FOX

    1:05 PM ET, September 20, 2014

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

    123456789 R H E
    LAD 204000100 7 11 0
    CHC 10010042 - 8 12 0

    W: J. Grimm (5-2)

    L: B. Wilson (2-4)

    S: H. Rondon (26)

    Dodgers-Cubs Preview


    The playoff-bound Los Angeles Dodgers have gotten by with Roberto Hernandez turning in brief starts this month in part because Clayton Kershaw has preceded him in the rotation and provided a fresh bullpen.

    Kershaw didn't go very deep in his latest turn, so the Dodgers could be looking for a few more innings from Hernandez on Saturday as they try for a third straight win in this four-game set with the Chicago Cubs.

    Los Angeles (88-66), which clinched a postseason spot Friday after Milwaukee's 4-2 loss in Pittsburgh, got five innings from Kershaw in Friday's 14-5 win before turning it over to the bullpen after the likely NL Cy Young Award winner went at least eight innings in his previous seven starts.

    Hernandez (8-11, 4.06 ERA) has followed him in the last three and lasted a total of 11 innings while going 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA thanks to allowing six home runs.

    In Monday's 11-3 win in Colorado, Hernandez surrendered two runs and six hits while walking two others in 3 2/3 innings.

    "I felt like I was able to keep the ball down today," Hernandez said through a translator. "It didn't work out in my favor."

    Both of his career starts against the Cubs came this season while with Philadelphia, and the right-hander went 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA while Chicago hit just .162 off him.

    Plenty of run support could be on the way from a club with an MLB-best 48-31 road record. The Dodgers have won six straight at Wrigley Field after Friday's win and have scored 22 runs in the first two games of the series. They've also averaged 8.57 runs with a .352 average over a 5-2 stretch.

    Catcher A.J. Ellis went 2 for 4 with a pair of two-run homers after leaving the yard once in his first 86 games of the season.

    "He always gives you good at-bats, but you're starting to see the hits come along, too," manager Don Mattingly said.

    Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp each went 2 for 4 with a three-run homer, as Puig bumped his average to .419 over the last seven games and .526 in 11 against Chicago.

    Dee Gordon and Hanley Ramirez also collected two hits apiece. Ramirez is batting .486 in his last 10 games while Gordon's 12-game hitting streak includes a .361 mark.

    Chicago (68-86) fell behind 6-3 after the first inning but continued to get production from Jorge Soler with an RBI triple. The rookie right fielder is batting .361 with 18 RBIs and 12 extra-base hits in 17 major league games.

    The Cubs give the ball to Felix Doubront (2-1, 1.50), who has impressed in three starts since joining the rotation on Aug. 30 and needs another to end the rough beginning to the series for Cubs arms. The left-hander limited Pittsburgh to four hits in six scoreless innings of last Saturday's 6-4 win.

    "Everything went well today," Doubront told MLB's official website. "I was able to make good pitches to get quick outs and I'm really happy for that."

    His only career outing against the Dodgers came in 2010 with Boston.

    Cubs catcher Welington Castillo was hit by a foul ball in Friday's game and exited with a left rib contusion. The team said he is undergoing further evaluation.

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    Gameday Matchup

     Los AngelesChicago
    Current StreakW5W1
    Last 108-25-5

    Pitching Matchup

    Los AngelesChicago
    R. Hernandez
    8-11, 4.10 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 at LAD
    5.2 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = ND
    F. Doubront
    4-5, 5.54 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/20 vs LAD
    2.1 IP, 6 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Los AngelesChicago
    1. D. Gordon, 2B C. Coghlan, LF
    2. Y. Puig, CF J. Baez, SS
    3. A. Gonzalez, 1B A. Rizzo, 1B
    4. M. Kemp, RF J. Soler, RF
    5. H. Ramirez, SS L. Valbuena, 3B
    6. J. Turner, 3B A. Alcantara, CF
    7. S. Van Slyke, LF L. Watkins, 2B
    8. D. Butera, C J. Baker, C
    9. R. Hernandez, P F. Doubront, P

    Research Notes

    Adrián González has hit a 2-run HR & a 3-run HR in his 1st 2 at-bats vs the Cubs today. It is his 17th career 2-HR game. He has never had a 3-HR game. His 5 RBI are 1 shy of his career high, accomplished twice (most recently vs the Diamondbacks on September 7).

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