Cubs 11, Dodgers 1
Apr. 06, 1996
CHICAGO (AP) _ Jim Bullinger, a former minor league shortstop, is no automatic out now that he's a major league pitcher. Swinging the bat is still part of his job and he knows it.
``It's very important if you can put nine hitters out there instead of eight, it's a big plus,'' Bullinger said after using his arm and his bat to lead the Chicago Cubs past the fumbling Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 Friday.
Bullinger allowed just five hits over eight innings. And at the plate he twice drove in runs with two-out hits.
``I never had two chances with two outs but that gave us an edge. If I can do that I can help myself win a couple of more games. It gives you a little bit more cushion, so when you go back out on the mound, it's a little easier,'' said Bullinger, a career .156 hitter entering the game.
``We keep allowing pitchers to get base hits on us. You got to get those guys out, that's why they're pitchers,'' said Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda after his team's fourth straight loss.
Three Dodgers errors on another chilly day at Wrigley Field helped the Cubs score seven unearned runs.
``I'm upset with a lot of things, not just the sloppiness,'' said Lasorda. ``The score of the game, the way we played. Is that enough reasons?...You can't blame it on the cold, we just did not play well. It's as simple as it is.''
Bullinger (1-0) walked three and matched a career-high with eight strikeouts before giving way to Mike Perez in the ninth.
Meanwhile, Mark Grace continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs. He is now 10-for-17 this season.
Game-time temperature on a sunny day was 36 degrees with a biting wind from the northeast at 13 to 20 mph. On Thursday the team played in snow and sleet with a 12-degree wind chill.
``If you let the weather bother you and say, `It's cold, it's cold,' it takes your concentration off. The main thing is that you keep your hands warm and keep a grip on the ball,'' said Bullinger.
``The last couple of innings got cold again, but I live here. I'm used to it,'' said Grace. ``We scored a lot of unearned runs today. They made errors and we got hits to hurt them.''
Chicago, which finished with 16 hits, scored four unearned runs after two were out in the fourth against Tom Candiotti (0-1) with Bullinger's double the key.
Jose Hernandez reached on Greg Gagne's error with two outs and Rey Sanchez got an infield single to short before Bullinger dumped an RBI double into left.
Brian McRae followed with a single just past third baseman Mike Blowers, scoring Sanchez. Ryne Sandberg singled for another run and Grace drove in his second run of the game with a hit to left to make it 5-0.
Bullinger hit a run-scoring single to right off reliever John Cummings, giving himself a six-run cushion in the fifth.
It got embarrassing for the Dodgers in the sixth after another error on Gagne loaded the bases with one out. Chicago's Brian Dorsett hit a fly ball to left that Todd Hollandsworth thought was the final out. Grace scored from third and Sammy Sosa all the way from second when Hollandsworth held the ball. Hernandez followed with an RBI single to make it 9-0.
``He said he thought it was two outs. We can't make those kind of mistakes,'' said Lasorda.
Sandberg doubled in the 10th run in the seventh and Luis Gonzalez had an RBI single.
Grace's RBI double gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the third against Candiotti, who walked Bullinger to start the inning.
Notes: The Cubs have scored 12 unearned runs in their four games. ... Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda was suffering from a head cold Friday, one day after sitting through the wintry conditions at Wrigley. Lasorda said he was told by the umpires that Thursday's game was played _ despite rain, snow flurries and a 19 mph wind _ because it was supposed to be the best weather day in the four-game series. ... Los Angeles reliever Scott Radinsky made a rehabilitation outing Thursday night for Class A San Bernardino, pitching a hitless inning. Radinsky is recovering from tendinitis in his left middle finger. ... Candiotti got the lowest run support in the majors last season. The Dodgers scored one run in five of his 30 starts and were shut out in six others in 1995. ... Official attendance was announced at 19,324.