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25-22, 1st in NL Cent

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon called chasing Alex Wood after 5 innings on Friday night "somewhat of a victory" but the Cubs couldn't breakthrough against the Dodgers bullpen in their 4-0 loss. Maddon also admitted it's possible starter Jake Arrieta's velocity dip could be leading to a higher home run total. He averaged 92.4 mph on Friday and gave up two long balls in the loss: "Maybe the velocity not at 95 might bleed into that (home runs) a little bit," Maddon said.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss his performance on Friday including a diving tag of first base on a Chase Utley ground ball. The Cubs lost 4-0 while Arrieta gave up 2 home runs.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss the two home runs he gave up in the Cubs 4-0 loss to the Dodgers on Friday.

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Kershaw keeping up with the ever-changing game (2:10)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost to the Dodgers 4-0 behind another strong performance by Dodgers lefty Alex Wood. Meanwhile, Jake Arrieta continued a disturbing trend by giving up two more home runs. He's allowed ten this season, the same amount he gave up in all of 2015 and only 6 off his 2016 total. The Cubs had just two hits on the night, singles by Jason Heyward and Javier Baez.

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Wood stays undefeated as Dodgers blank Cubs 4-0

Alex Wood allowed two hits over five scoreless innings, Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Friday night in the series opener.

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Gonzalez mashes first homer of the season (0:17)
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Bellinger slides across foul line for catch (0:29)
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Utley clears the wall with solo homer (0:23)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs hosted Hollywood celeb fans in a suite on Friday at Dodgers stadium including comedian Larry David, who said in a very Larry David - esque tone that he had "no rooting interest tonight." Bob Newhart was still glowing over the Cubs World Series victory telling people to break up the Cubs, "they're too good."

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Maddon: 'Can't avoid' Schwarber's platoon label

With Kyle Schwarber batting just .181 this season, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Schwarber is likely to start against right-handed pitchers only for now.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Before tonight's game agent Scott Boras downplayed a velocity drop in client Jake Arrieta's fastball dismissing it as too early to judge a "1 mph" drop: "I can't grade velocity in a month. I grade it over a two season period." Arrieta is avg 92.1 mph on his fastball this season as opposed to a 94.6 mph avg. in 2015. (ESPN Stats and Info).

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss what he's thinking regarding Kyle Schwarber who is hitting .190. He'll only play against righties for now.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon indicated he will continue to platoon Kyle Schwarber until he gets going against right handed pitching. Schwarber has been mired in a season long slump and won't start Friday (Wood) or Sunday (Kershaw) against the Dodgers when they pitch two lefties.

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Willson Contreras: 'The desire to win leads us to do things' (2:44)

ESPN Stats and Information  

Since his most recent no-hitter vs. the Reds in April 2016, Jake Arrieta hasn't been nearly as dominant as he was prior to that game. That's especially been the case this season.

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Ron Burgundy's take on the Cubs Anchorman-themed road trip (1:13)
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Did fan interfere with Bryant's homer? (0:26)
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Cubs rocking 'Anchorman' suits for road trip (0:15)

ESPN Stats and Information  

Of Ben Zobrist's five previous home runs this season, the highest was 31 feet below the one he knocked out during Thursday's 5-1 win over the Giants (95 feet).

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was pleased with the work of his pitching staff on Thursday.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was either really getting into the 70s/Anchorman theme, or he grew up an Oscar Gamble fan.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs teammates Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward leave Wrigley Field together, both featuring very different takes on the Anchorman theme.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Old buddies Jon Lester and John Lackey both went all-out for Joe Maddon's latest Cubs theme trip, this one inspired by Anchorman.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs23112th
Batting Average.24220th
On Base Percentage.32810th
Slugging Percentage.41713th
Earned Run Average3.899th
Quality Starts0Tied-1st
WHIP1.3215th
BAA.24514th

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