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Dodgers Stumble and Miss Opportunity to Extend Lead

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On Tuesday night the Dodgers entered Wrigley Field with a 1½ game lead over the San Diego Padres in the National League West Division. With 19 games left in the season, they are firmly in the drivers seat -- masters of their own destiny.

The Chicago Cubs, on the other hand, are already thinking about the off-season. They are in last place with the worst record in the National League; their only remaining role is as playoff-spoiler. The Cubs will play the Dodgers, Reds and Phillies over the next 13 games.

This evening's game started ominous enough. The skies were gray as rain loomed on the horizon; a storme had settled over Illinois. Throughout the early part of the game it would sprinkle and rain from time to time. The Cubs responded by committing 4 errors in the first 3 innings, and the Dodgers marched into a big lead, 7-0.