8/28 Dodgers 4, Cubs 0
Edwin Jackson ended August without a win, serving up solo home runs to Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier, and also made a throwing error that led to another run, as the Dodgers topped the Cubs, 4-0, on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. Ricky Nolasco is the only starter the Cubs will face in five games who hasn’t won a Cy Young, yet he looked as if he had the trophy on his mantel. Nolasco struck out 11 and held Chicago to three hits over eight innings as the Dodgers shut out the Cubs for the third time this season.
Despite the loss, the Cubs completed their long, 15,000-plus miles of travel back and forth to the West Coast with a 12-12 record against West division teams in the American and National Leagues. Last season, they went 1-18 on the road against the NL West, but were 8-8 this season.
Jackson finished August 0-3 in five starts, giving up 19 earned runs on 38 hits over 28 2/3 innings for a 5.96 ERA in the month.
Ramirez hit a changeup for his 15th home run in the first, and Ethier made it 2-0 with his 10th home run with one out in the fourth.
What hurt was Jackson’s error in the fifth. Juan Uribe and Tim Federowicz both singled. Nolasco then bunted, and Jackson fielded the ball but bounced his throw past third baseman Cody Ransom for an error. Uribe scored on the play, and Federowicz tallied on Skip Schumaker’s single.
It’s the third time this season the Dodgers shut out the Cubs.