CHICAGO – This series against the Dodgers has been billed as something of a litmus test for a Cubs team trying to find their rhythm after a slow start to the season. On Wednesday night, Chicago traded blows with the defending World Series champions, emerging with a three-game sweep that took place at Wrigley Field.
A day after pulling off a double sweep, the Cubs clinched a 6-5 victory over Los Angeles in 11 innings. The decisive blow came from Anthony Rizzo, who sent a single through the left side of the infield to spark a crowd scene on the pitch for the second game in a row.
Rizzo raised his left arm in the air as the baseball hit the grass of the outfield, tagging Matt Duffy and sending their teammates out of the dugout. Rizzo sprinted through the crowd of players and quickly made his way to the dugout, doing what he could to avoid a festive bruise.
This moment of victory came after Rizzo failed to come first on an alleged double play in the top of the 11th. On a pitch on Matt Beaty’s first, Rizzo only managed to get out in the second with a throw to shortstop Javier Báez. This led to Max Muncy scoring from third place to push the Cubs behind, 5-4.
In the half of the 11th, Dodgers left-hander Garrett Cleavinger knocked out Jason Heyward and David Bote, but Duffy then delivered a single draw down center to score Willson Contreras (the automatic runner). After Tony Wolters followed with a walk, Rizzo delivered his heroes to seal the sweep.