Travis Wood beat the best pitcher in baseball last night as the Chicago Cubs topped the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. To be fair, Dodgers phenom Clayton Kershaw was far from terrible, giving up just one earned run on seven hits through 5.2 innings. However, Wood was even better, yielding no runs on just five hits through an even six innings. It was Wood’s first win since July 28 and Kershaw’s first loss since August 6.
The Cubs scored all of their runs on RBI singles. Chicago is dead last in the NL Central, 22.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. Still, they should be encouraged by last night’s game and the ability of their team to win such a tight ball game against a playoff-caliber team.
The Dodgers are hopeful that the loss was merely a hiccup in what has been an incredible second half of the season for them. They lead the NL West by 9.5 games and look poised for a postseason run. With an elite pitching staff led by Kershaw, a strong core of hitters like Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez and punctuated by the sensational rookie Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers appear to be one of the strongest all-around teams in the league.