Since joining the Dodgers at the trade deadline, Hill sustained his impressive first-half performance, putting up a 1.83 ERA and a sparkling 0.79 WHIP in six starts. The Dodgers will have to find a way to beat the Cubs without Kershaw, who has worked overtime in these playoffs and isn’t expected to be available for the next three games in Los Angeles.
In Game 2, however, Kershaw and Jansen were the only two pitches the Dodgers needed to even up the series at one game apiece. They had chances early in Game 1 Friday night against Corey Kluber: they had runners on second and third with one out in the first; first and second with one out in the second; first and second with two outs in the third. “I go in with that mentality and try to give the best”. Kershaw, who is widely considered the best pitcher in Major League baseball, had struggled in previous playoff series. He broke for the plate as soon as the catcher threw behind him on a pick-off attempt. “Every game, we’ve still got to kind of figure out how to navigate”.
Get free real-time news alerts from the Chicago Patch. No, you strike out, so you go back in coach. In two postseason starts, he has a 3.00 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP. His opponent in this series is not in the same echelon as Madison Bumgarner, but Arrieta will need to pitch a solid game nonetheless.
“That was the right thing to do”, Maddon said.
If there was anything Kershaw could to do aid the situation, he was determined to do it.
“He left it all out there”, Roberts said. “Left a pitch up. Guys are loose. Guys are having a good time, and you’re seeing the play out there kind of reflect that attitude”, Kipnis said.
Well, of course that’s not “it”, although this recap is going to be shorter than most of those so far this postseason, because most of the story is above. Some of that vanished with the save that advanced the Dodgers to play the Cubs. Anthony Rizzo lined out to second baseman Chase Utley to end the game. He writes and acts in lots of movies.
Lester and Baez helped Chicago to a 3-1 lead after seven.
For additional evidence, Grandal pointed to Saturday’s eighth inning, when Ben Zobrist led off with a double against Joe Blanton and Blanton stretched the count to 3-and-0 against Addison Russell. “Command of his fastball was outstanding”.
But everything changed in the bottom half, leaving both managers to answer for several difficult decisions.
Wrigley was rocking. Closer Kenley Jansen was warming nine outs from the finish line.
Roberts is right, of course. “He’s got the stuff, right?” Supper could wait, much like Mary has waited for the cubs to win another World Series. “But understand it’s going to pay off in the latter part of the season”, Maddon counseled his ace. 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. The first was in Chicago and the second came at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 27, when he earned the victory and allowed one run in six innings.
Compare that average to the four potential NLCS games at Wrigley Field, where Cubs NLCS tickets average $818.56.
Kershaw made quite a case in that regard on Sunday night.
The Cubs hope to continue Hill’s postseason trend tonight. Baez hesitated, then kept going toward the plate. The pitching coach, Rick Honeycutt, patted him on the shoulder.
“It was a safety squeeze”.
Montero’s drive was the first go-ahead grand slam by a pinch hitter in postseason history. And the fans are wonderful here. By the way, all Cubs are welcome (laughs).