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Dodgers Waste Little Time in Driving Cubs from Their Den, 11-4

July 11, 1986|GORDON EDES | Times Staff Writer

For the second straight night, the Dodgers made it tough on latecomers to Dodger Stadium, not to mention also-rans in the National League East.

Parking-lot congestion was still at peak level Thursday when the Dodgers cleared out the Chicago Cubs, scoring five runs in the first inning en route to an 11-4 win before a crowd of 34,656.

The Dodgers, who pounced on Cardinal rookie Greg Mathews for four first-inning runs Wednesday, pounded out 11 hits against Moyer, Gumpert, Frazier and Hoffman.

That may sound like a Chicago law firm, but that's what's passing for a pitching staff these days for the Cubs, who are 13 games under .500 and 22 games behind the Mets.

Nine different Dodgers had RBIs as the team matched season highs for runs scored in a game and an inning. They didn't hit any home runs--the Dodgers have hit just one in their last 14 games--but they had six doubles, giving them 11 in two nights.

First on the firing line was Jamie Moyer, a left-handed rookie who came into the game with an 8.04 ERA and had the distinction of starting the Cubs' 19-1 loss to the Phillies on June 23, the most one-sided game in the big leagues this season.

Moyer lasted two-thirds of an inning, by which time Orel Hershiser had a five-run lead with which to work.

Moyer's successors, Dave Gumpert, George Frazier and Guy Hoffman, fared no better than he had.

Hershiser retired the first nine batters he faced but was unable to close out the Cubs himself, coming out after giving up Gary Matthews' eighth home run and an RBI single to Chris Speier.

But Carlos Diaz and Tom Niedenfuer--who now has been unscored upon in his last seven outings--finished off the Cubs, who in two years have gone from division champions to an aging team with few prospects of improvement in the immediate future.

The Cubs have changed managers--Gene Michael replacing Jim Frey--but little else. Instead of lights in Wrigley Field, fans may soon be asking for a shroud.

Rookie Reggie Williams had three hits, scored twice, drove in a run and stole a base to lead the Dodger attack. Williams, with seven hits in his last 13 at-bats, raised his average to .320, matching his season high.

Bill Russell double and singled, and Ken Landreaux, Enos Cabell and Alex Trevino all doubled, Trevino driving in two runs with his pinch hit in the seventh.

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