CHICAGO — The
"This is a special team," Punto said.
This has become more than a belief. The Dodgers are now making history.
With a 6-2 victory over the
Sandy Koufax's teams never did that. Neither did
Punto, who started in place of Ramirez at shortstop, was two for four with a double, two runs batted in and two runs scored.
But what appeared to be a routine victory for the Dodgers — it was their 29th win in 36 games — was overrun with emotion.
Ellis and Manager
The Dodgers went ahead, 1-0, in the first inning when Gonzalez doubled and scored on a single by Puig. The Cubs drew even in the bottom of the second on consecutive doubles by
The game started to open up in the third inning, when Punto doubled in Ellis. The Dodgers added another run by drawing four consecutive walks against Cubs starter
Ellis was tossed in the next inning. What Ellis believed was ball four was strike three in the eyes of home plate umpire Alan Porter.
Ellis flipped his bat and told Porter, "It was a bad call."
He was promptly ejected.
"Everyone has a different level of tolerance," Ellis said. "It's silly. It never should happen. It's embarrassing to get thrown out of a game, especially when there's no reason for it."
Mattingly stormed out of the dugout to defend Ellis, who said he'd been ejected only one other time in his 11-year career.
"You feel like he's probably right," Mattingly said of Ellis.
Mattingly drew his third ejection of the season. While a heated Mattingly argued with Porter and crew chief Jerry Layne, Mattingly and Porter bumped into each other.
Replays showed Porter ran into Mattingly and not the other way around.
"I didn't feel like I was going forward," Mattingly said. "I feel OK about that."
The ejections didn't slow down the Dodgers, who went on to score two more runs to extend their lead to 5-1.
Ryu was charged with two runs in 51/3 innings, though he gave up 11 hits.