Dodgers move within win of AZL crown
Perhaps the unlikeliest of heroes helped put the Dodgers on the brink of the Rookie-level Arizona League championship.Los Angeles catching prospect Juan Zabala delivered a three-RBI triple as the Dodgers plated six runs in the sixth to rally past the Cubs 1, 7-3, in the first game of the best-of-3
Perhaps the unlikeliest of heroes helped put the Dodgers on the brink of the Rookie-level Arizona League championship.
Los Angeles catching prospect
The 19-year-old laced the three-bagger -- his first of the season -- to right field with two outs in the sixth. Entering Thursday, the Sincelejo, Colombia native had just a .139 average with two extra-base hits (both doubles) and five RBIs in 72 at-bats.
Zabala had played in two games since Aug. 19 and went 0-for-7 over that span. It also provided him with some redemption for an earlier miscue. The Cubs scored the game's first run in the second when Zabala allowed a passed ball that enabled
The Cubs went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position while the Dodgers fared slightly better at 4-for-15. The Cubs committed three errors during the game -- two that elongated the pivotal sixth.
Game 2 will take place Friday at 8 p.m. ET.
Chris Bumbaca is a contributor for MiLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter @BOOMbaca.