Perfect, blown away by an absurd defensive clash, Smiley 7⅔innings, 10K scoreless 2 wins…Cubs 13-0 LAD
- on Apr 22, 2023
The Chicago Cubs missed a perfect game because of an absurd defensive situation.
In the home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers held at Wrigley Field on the 22nd (Korean time), the Cubs won 13-0 thanks to starter Drew Smiley’s brilliant pitching and 17 hits including 4 home runs.
Smiley continued his perfect pitching until the 7th inning.
However, the perfect was broken when he gave up an infield hit to leading hitter David Peralta in the 8th inning. The hit situation was absurd and absurd from Smiley’s point of view.
Peralta, a left-handed hitter, hit Smiley’s 76.7 mph knuckle curve on the second pitch, but it missed and flowed to the third base line. Smiley ran and caught the ball. However, catcher Jan Gomes, who was running alongside, could not overcome the speed and collided with Smiley. Smiley was unable to throw the ball to first base as Gomes fell on his back. The perfect streak was broken when an infield hit was recorded.
Smiley, who sat down on the ground, gave a devastated yet regretful smile.
Although he missed the perfect game, Smiley earned his 2nd win (1 loss) of the season by throwing 1 hit and 10 strikeouts in 7⅔ innings. His earned run average was lowered to 3.13.
On the other hand, Dodgers starter Julio Urias was beaten by seven hits and allowed five runs in 3⅓ innings. Season 3 wins 2 losses, average ERA 3.33.
The game was decided early on. In the bottom of the first inning, after one out, Dansby Swanson walked and Ian Happ doubled on second and third bases, Seiya Suzuki hit a double from the left, and the Cubs called in both runners. In the third inning, Nico Horner’s left-handed hit with one out and third baseman added one run.
Bellinger pulled Yurias’ 91 mph body fastball on the 6th ball count 2B2S and crossed the right wall, and Mancini hit a changeup in the middle of the 3rd pitch 84 mph and slightly crossed the left middle fence.
Then, in the bottom of the 5th inning, 11 batters appeared, and Patrick Wisdom’s 3-run home run and Horner’s 3-run home run were 7 hits and 7 runs were added to split the game.
Leadoff Horner led the offense with 4 hits and 4 RBIs in 5 at-bats, and Japanese hitter Suzuki played his part with 2 hits and 2 RBIs in 4 at-bats. Wisdom swung 2 hits and 3 RBIs in 5 at-bats, including his 9th home run of the season, while Mancini hit 3 hits and 3 RBIs in 5 at-bats.
With his fifth home run of the season,메이저놀이터 Bellinger announced that he had completely overcome the sluggishness of the last two years by wielding a 2-for-4 hit, 1 RBI, and 2 runs. In particular, Bellinger kicked 3 out of 5 homers against his home team, the Dodgers.
The Dodgers recorded 10-11 and the Cubs 12-7.