Maybe home is where the heart is but the Dodgers are feeling some particular love for the road.
That would be the road they suddenly and absolutely own. They bring their own fireplace, leather recliner and ottoman, get all comfy and make each ballpark their own.
Wrigley Field? Feels like it rests in the middle of Elysian Park. Might as well put a “Think Blue” sign up on one of those Waveland Avenue rooftops.
The Dodgers won away from home again Saturday, beating the Chicago Cubs, 3-0, at Wrigley Field behind the pitching of Chris Capuano and hitting of Carl Crawford to set a franchise record with a 13th consecutive road victory.
That eclipsed the club record set in 1924 and left them as the first National League club to win 13 consecutive games since the 1976 Philadelphia Phillies. The NL record is 17, by the 1916 New York Giants.
The Dodgers, of course, have been doing a lot of winning lately, regardless of where they play. In their last 37 games, the Dodgers are 30-7. They were 30-42 when their run began.
About the only thing that did not go the Dodgers’ way Saturday was Yasiel Puig making his daily diving catch. This one came in the seventh inning, Puig diving in right-center field to take a hit away from Starlin Castro.
But he actually slightly overran the ball, diving and snaring it around his shoulder, the left wrist bending backward as he slid into the turf. He finished the inning but was removed in the eighth inning to have the wrist more carefully examined.
By then Jerry Hairston’s run-socring single in the third inning and Crawford’s two-run hit in the sixth had given Capuano all the runs he would need.
With the Dodgers turning four double plays, Capuano held the Cubs to six hits in 6 1/3 innings. It was the third time in his last four starts that Capuano (4-6) has not surrendered an earned run.
The offense wasn’t exactly in peak form –- the Dodgers were two for 12 with runners in scoring position –- but is their way of late, they found a way to win.
The Cubs’ best chance to get back into the game came when they loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth inning, but Paco Rodriguez struck out Welington Castillo to end the threat.
Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth inning for his 16th save, and ninth consecutive.
The Dodgers' 12th shutout improved them to 13-2 since the All-Star break.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun