Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 8, Dodgers 2 – April 14, 2023

Hello there, Cubs bats! Clearly they were invigorated by the return of Seiya Suzuki, who himself hit one of their FIVE homers in the game. The Dodgers hit just two, which has to be really embarrassing.

Justin Steele pitched seven very strong innings, giving up those two solo homers, but nothing else. He struck out eight, and generally had Dodgers batters flailing. He got 17(!) swings and misses on the night.

Yan Gomes had three hits including two homers, Ian Happ was perfect at the plate (including two doubles and a homer), and Cody Bellinger doubled and walked in his return to Dodger Stadium. It was just a tremendous offensive performance almost across the board.

The one exception was a very forgettable night for Dansby Swanson in his return to the lineup, going 0-5 with 5 strikeouts. Four those were him swinging through changeups (and looking rough in the process), so let’s just say he was not picking up changeups well last night.

But that’s about the only sour note from an otherwise explosive win for the Cubs. In Los Angeles. Against the Dodgers. Great night.

Full box score.

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Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

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