Hairston Hurt As Dodgers Fall To Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers lost in unwanted fashion on Sunday, and they may also be down another infielder.
Third baseman Jerry Hairston left the game in the second inning with a strained left hamstring and the Dodgers went on to lose to the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning.
Cubs right fielder David DeJesus drew the winning walk to give Chicago the win after the teams waited out a 2-hour, 41-minute rain delay, and a ninth-inning comeback by the Cubs.
Hairston, playing in place of injured Juan Uribe, pulled the hamstring after he singled off Cubs starter Travis Wood.
“Jerry doesn’t sound very good,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “I’m not 100 percent sure, but he couldn’t walk down the stairs. I’ve seen enough of those and Jerry’s doesn’t look very good.”
No immediate postgame report on Hairston’s condition was available.
Uribe has been out with a sore left wrist and hasn’t played since April 30, although he pinch-hit on Friday against Chicago.
Chicago’s winning rally began with Darwin Barney’s leadoff double off Jamey Wright in the 11th. Wellington Castillo was intentionally walked and pinch-hitter Jeff Samardzija was hit by a pitch to load the bases. DeJesus then walked on a 3-2 pitch.
“It was an interesting game,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “It took almost all 25 guys to do it, let alone the sick guys (suffering from flu) coming off the couch and doing the job, too. It’s a nice little team effort there.”
With the Cubs trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter Ian Stewart singled, and Dodgers closer Javy Guerra walked DeJesus. Tony Campana hit a tying double, but DeJesus, who would have been the winning run, was thrown out at home.
It was Guerra’s third blown save in 11 chances. Rafael Dolis (2-2) got the win, while Wright (1-2) took the loss.
“Physically, everything was there,” Guerra said. “It was bad at-bats and bad pitches. (Stewart) had a great at-bat and did what he was supposed to do.”
Dodgers slugging center fielder Matt Kemp was a late scratch due to tightness in his left hamstring. He pinch hit in the seventh inning and flew out to right field.
“I don’t want to be stupid,” Kemp said. “Maybe it just needs to be rested one day and I could go out and do something stupid and could end up being two weeks. I just want to take my time and see how it feels tomorrow.”
The Dodgers were in position early to win, thanks to Juan Rivera’s two-run homer in the third inning and a quality start from Aaron Harang. Rivera’s second homer of the year into the left-field bleachers gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead that held up — until the ninth.
Harang posted his best start of the season, going six innings and allowing two runs, and outdueled Wood, who allowed three runs in six innings in his first start of the season. Wood was called up from Triple-A Iowa to fill in for Matt Garza, who was suffering from the flu.
The Dodgers scored first in the second inning. Hairston reached on an infield single and A.J. Ellis and Tony Gwynn Jr. drew back-to-back walks, before Harang drove in a run on a forceout.
The Cubs cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the third when Wood led off with a double, DeJesus walked and Starlin Castro hit a two-out, two-run single.
The Cubs had chances to tie it before the ninth, but could not deliver a clutch two-out hit. Chicago left runners in scoring position in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth — twice by Castro.
The bullpens combined to allow two runs in nine-plus innings. Cubs relievers allowed just three hits in five innings.
Chicago first baseman Bryan LaHair continued his torrid start to the season, going 3 for 4 and raising his batting average to .390.
Notes: The Cubs designated Blake DeWitt for assignment before the game to make room for Wood. … Uribe did not start for the fifth straight game because of a sore left wrist. … The Cubs host Atlanta on Monday with Samardzija (3-1) taking on Tommy Hanson (3-2). Meanwhile, the Dodgers return home to play San Francisco with Ted Lilly opposing Barry Zito.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.