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Dodgers shut out Cubs for 2-1 NL series lead


Blue Jays stave off ALCS elimination, beat Indians 5-1

With that memory in mind, manager Joe Maddon reshuffled his lineup before Game 3. “Again, for me it’s about putting this one in the wastebasket”.

“We are just not hitting the ball well”, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. Chicago did manage to pull off a historic 9th inning rally to clinch the series that game, but that was a different Cubs offense.

“We’re only down 2 to 1”, Bryant said, as he tried to project calm.

“I challenged him with a fastball in a really good spot, down in the zone with some velocity”, Arrieta said.

“I’m in a much better place”, Arrieta said Monday before the Cubs worked out. If just one or two players perform to their ability, the Cubs should be able to break out of the slump and find a way to even up the series.

An inning later, Grandal broke out of his 3-for-30 postseason history with a laser into the right field pavilion for a two-run home run on the final pitch of an eight-pitch at-bat that started with him falling behind 0 and 2. That included tying his career high with eight strikeouts in six strong innings, allowing one run against the Cubs in Los Angeles on August 27.

Francona says he had to see a dentist after Monday night’s game because of a mishap earlier in the night. You can’t live in past.

But Hill also had no idea how close he came to walking back to the dugout to Roberts, and then taking maybe a little more turbulent walk to the clubhouse. But the young lefty from Mexico tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to win Game 5 of the Division Series at Washington last Thursday after finishing 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA during the regular season.

Robert Perez doubled in a run for Cleveland to trim the deficit, but with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh Encarnacion smacked a single to center that scored two runs to stretch Toronto’s lead to 4-1, and they tacked on another run in the bottom of the eighth. And during the 2016 season, no team did the baseball better than the Chicago Cubs.

For the first time in the playoffs, the Cubs must play from behind to advance, all while hoping that an offense that has been shut out in consecutive games can somehow spring to life. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first pitcher in history to win a postseason game with as few starts over seven seasons. The Dodgers tacked on two more in the eighth.

But Hill extricated himself from a jam of his own doing, striking out the struggling Addison Russell, and retiring Cubs’ Game 1 hero Miguel Montero on a ground out. I think that it’s a baseball game and when he’s asked to take the baseball, he does it. I don’t like to talk about matches, because I think that is overrated. “So we were going to live or die with his best pitch”.

Urias got off to a rocky start in his big-league career and the Cubs were part of that.

Maddon also flip-flopped his third and fourth hitters, moving down Anthony Rizzo for Ben Zobrist.

Maeda has struggled lately, allowing seven runs in seven innings over two playoff appearances.

The Cubs are batting.152 (17 for 112) against left-handers during the playoffs, with 31 strikeouts and seven walks.

While the pitching obviously is a notch above in the postseason, this is the same Cubs team that was second in the NL in runs and led the NL in on-base percentage.

“When he’s got that attitude out there, that’s when you can tell”, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. “The peaks and valleys of this game, they happen all the time”. We’re just not getting the results right now. “I’ve preached that all season long”. Hill follows Clayton Kershaw as the second straight left-hander to start for the Dodgers in the NLCS, and he draws inspiration from the three-time Cy Young Award victor.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers are 4-1 in their last five Wednesday games, and 4-0 in Urias’ last four starts versus the National League Central.

“He’s not scared of the moment”, fellow Dodgers rookie Corey Seager said of Urias.

Furthermore, three games started Kershaw 2-0 with a 3.72 earned run average. According to FanGraphs, Cubs hitters were 18th in Major League Baseball this season in total runs above average per 100 pitches against the curveball. He hasn’t completed four innings since September 2 and hasn’t thrown 60 or more pitches since September 13. “It could have gone either way”.