Game 54: Julio Urias isn’t ready for Chicago Cubs’ onslaught.

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The Dodgers collected three hits in a 7-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. (Getty Images)

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs are a good baseball team. Julio Urias is a good pitching prospect, but he wasn’t ready for the onslaught that awaited Thursday in a 7-2 Dodgers loss. The box score is here.

For Joc Pederson, the signs of progress are beginning to show through.

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Game 53: Let the Mike Bolsinger experience begin (again).

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Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger (left) allowed a two-run home run to Kris Bryant but escaped further damage in five innings Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. (Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Mike Bolsinger‘s best is not as good as Jon Lester‘s best. Bolsinger even hinted that his own family knew that before Wednesday, when the Dodgers lost to the Cubs 2-1. (The box score is here.)

But Bolsinger’s best was still pretty good, and his future in the starting rotation seems stable. That’s due in part to the fact that Alex Wood is down for at least a month with posterior elbow impingement.

Some postgame soundbites:
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Game 53: A funny thing happened on the way to the Apocalypse.

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Corey Seager watches his team-leading ninth home run of the season leave Wrigley Field in the ninth inning Friday night. (Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Just when Yasiel Puig came down with a sore hamstring, Alex Wood was flying back to L.A. for an MRI on his elbow, and the lineup couldn’t buy a run, the Dodgers drew Jake Arrieta in a Tuesday night game at Wrigley Field. They won anyway, 5-0, behind the left arm of Scott Kazmir. The box score is here.

Julio Urias will take Wood’s place on the 25-man roster and start either Thursday in place of Kenta Maeda, or this weekend at home against the Atlanta Braves.

Here’s what they were saying after the game:

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Game 52: Road weary Dodgers muster two baserunners against five pitchers.

CHICAGO >> How good was the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen on Monday?

The Dodgers had two baserunners in the first inning and the final 25 batters were retired in order in a 2-0 loss. The box score is here.

A decision on Alex Guerrero‘s fate was postponed by a day.

Here’s what they were saying after the game:
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Alex Wood might be limited to bunting when he starts Monday.

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Alex Wood is confident he can start Monday against the Chicago Cubs after dealing with a sore left triceps. (Associated Press photo)

NEW YORK — Alex Wood was in a joking mood Friday about his left triceps injury. He said he sustained the injury on a swing last weekend in San Diego, a game in which he finished 0 for 2, ending a modest four-game hitting streak.

“That’s why it ended,” Wood said of the streak. “It happened in my first AB.”
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