Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his team's come from behind 6-4 win over the Dodgers on Friday behind Kris Bryant's two home runs.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jason Heyward discuss helping the Cubs tie their game against the Dodgers in the ninth inning on Friday when he doubled and scored on a wild pitch. The Cubs won 6-4 in extra innings.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the notion his sluggers shouldn't be looking to get players over to 2nd but should be driving them in as Kris Bryant did on Friday against the Dodgers when he homered with a man on first and no outs in the tenth inning.

Bryant's two homer night includes go-ahead shot (0:44)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant is on fire. He's hit his 34 and 35th HR's of the season on Friday against the Dodgers. The second one coming in the tenth inning to break a 4-4 tie. He has 9 HR's this month. The Cubs are 3 outs away from a come from behind win as Bryant continues to make his case for MVP.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant hit his league leading (tied) 34th home run of the season, a blast to center in the 8th. The run means the Cubs have scored at least 3 in 24 consecutive games, the most games in a row since 1996. The Dodgers still lead 4-3.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Big moment for Mike Montgomery as he works out of another jam in the fifth. He's been off his game but kept the Cubs in it having thrown 5 innings using a season high 91 pitches. He only trails 3-2 having given up 6 hits and 4 walks. Not the best outing but perhaps it's a learning experience as Joe Maddon left him despite clearly not having his best command.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo drove in his 88th run of the season in the fifth inning against the Dodgers on Friday. He's been overshadowed lately by a hot hitting Kris Bryant but remains in the hunt for the NL MVP. He's finished 10th and then fourth the last two years.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo just came through with his 87th RBI on the season as he brought the Cubs within one of the Dodgers in the 5th inning. Rizzo has been overshadowed by Kris Bryant lately but still leads the team in runs driven in and is their "other" MVP candidate.

Sale strikes out 14 in White Sox loss (0:35)
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Cubs pitchers on pace for September return

The Cubs got good news about a trio of injured pitchers -- Pedro Strop, John Lackey and Hector Rondon -- who should be back before too long.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs manager Joe Maddon discuss meeting and honoring Vin Scully on behalf of the organization.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon and David Ross presented Vin Scully with the number 67 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard as well the Dodgers flag that flies at Wrigley. Maddon also gave him a set of his t-shirts from Do Simple Better to Try Not to Suck. He's hoping Scully will wear them in retirement.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon says things are progressing well with his injured pitchers as John Lackey (shoulder) and Hector Rondon (triceps) have been throwing while Pedro Strop is also taking steps in his rehab from a knee injury.

Lineup: Cubs (81-45) at Dodgers (71-56)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L))
  • 4. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  • 5. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 6. Jason Heyward, RF (L)
  • 7. Jorge Soler, LF (R)
  • 8. Miguel Montero, C (L)
  • 9. Mike Montgomery, LHP
  • Daily lineups

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Anthony Rizzo and Clayton Kershaw talk before the Cubs/Dodgers game on Friday.

Lineup: White Sox (61-65) vs. Mariners (67-60)

  • 1. Adam Eaton, RF (L)
  • 2. Tim Anderson, SS (R)
  • 3. Jose Abreu, 1B (R)
  • 4. Justin Morneau, DH (L)
  • 5. Todd Frazier, 3B (R)
  • 6. Omar Narvaez, C (L)
  • 7. Avisail Garcia, RF (R)
  • 8. J.B. Shuck, CF (L)
  • 9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (R)
  • SP: Chris Sale, LHP
  • Daily lineups

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The Dodgers have Bryant's number

The Cubs begin a three-game road series against the Dodgers on Friday and if history is any indication, Kris Bryant won't be his normal self. Bryant is 8-37 with 19 K in his career vs. the Dodgers, and his .216 batting average vs. the Dodgers is his worst against any NL team (ESPN Stats & Info).