Observations: Cubs bullpen stumbles late vs. Dodgers


The Cubs lost to the Dodgers 6-2 Friday night, dropping to 42-34 this season.

Here are 10 observations from the game.

1. Jake Arrieta worked around heavy traffic to pitch five innings of two-run ball. The right-hander walked three (one intentional) and gave up five hits, getting out of two bases-loaded, two-out jams unscathed.

2. Even with all the traffic, Arrieta probably only should have been charged with one earned run. In the second, Cody Bellinger was retreating to third base when a Gavin Lux groundball deflected off Anthony Rizzo’s glove. The Cubs got the out at first base, but Bellinger was able to score. 

3. Arrieta’s sinker has had some extra ticks on the radar gun his past two starts. He touched 94 mph on Friday after maxing out at 95 mph in his last start. His season average is 91 mph.

4. Home runs off Ryan Tepera have been a rare occurrence this season. AJ Pollock's two-run blast in the eighth, just the third off the right-hander this season, gave Los Angeles a 4-2 lead. Max Muncy later took Tommy Nance deep to extend the Dodgers' lead to 6-2.

5. Tepera has allowed three earned runs across two of his last three outings. He allowed two earned runs in his previous 23.

6. Willson Contreras stayed in the game after taking a 98-mph fastball from Joe Kelly off his left hand in the sixth. Contreras might be the last person the Cubs can afford to lose to injury; they’ve already used four backup catchers this season.


"That was a scary moment," said manager David Ross, adding Contreras' hand is bruised. 

"We'll see how it presents here afterwards, let the trainers check it out again. The good sign is that he got through the game and was still able to compete at a high level.

7. Contreras getting hit by pitches felt like a nightly occurrence in April, when it happened five times in nine games. But Friday was the first time he’s been hit since May 8.

8. Kris Bryant hit one home run in his first 17 games this month. He’s hit two in his last three games, including a first-inning solo blast Friday that gave the Cubs an early lead.

9. Joc Pederson tallied his first RBI at Dodger Stadium as a visitor, No. 165 of his career there, with a sac fly that temporarily tied the game in the seventh.

10. Ian Happ made his second start (fourth appearance) at second base this season and dropped a routine pop fly in the fifth. Happ made a similar miscue last Friday on an infield fly rule.

On deck: First pitch Saturday is 6:15 p.m. CT. Alec Mills (3-1, 5.18 ERA) and Julio Urías (9-3, 3.99 ERA) are the Cubs and Dodgers probable starters. 

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