LOS ANGELES — Remember the noise Saturday night in the eighth inning? It was so loud at Wrigley Field that Cubs second baseman Javier Baez said it felt like the home dugout ceiling was going to collapse. Miguel Montero had just launched a tie-breaking grand slam with two outs, and when Dexter Fowler followed with a blast to right as well, a party not just of the moment overtook the old ballpark at 1060 West Addison. There was a sense of inevitability, a sense nothing could stop this version of the Cubs. For now, we will refer to those as the good old days. Because since then, the Cubs’ offense has looked like something Eric Campbell and Kevin Plawecki would fit comfortably within. “We are not hitting the ball hard like we normally do,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. We can talk billy goats or black cats, but the only Chicago-based curses should be directed toward the Dodgers’ lefty-leaning pitching staff, which has begun to defuse the Cubs as surely as the Mets’ power pitchers did in last year’s NLCS. Jason Heyward tosses his bat after striking out in the seventh inning.Photo: AP Since Fowler’s homer the Cubs have not scored. Nothing, nil, zero in two games. On Sunday night in Chicago, it was the best the Dodgers could offer — Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen — teaming to blank the Cubs on two singles to knot the NLCS at one game apiece. On Tuesday night, Rich Hill, Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton and Jansen held the Cubs to four hits to put the Dodgers up two games to one. “I think it is our hitting,” Fowler said. “We have hit the best of the best [during the season]. The last two games we haven’t.” Hill is not Kershaw, but he’s also no slouch. The Dodgers gave up three good prospects to get him in July to pitch just this kind of game. But he had lasted just seven innings in two Division Series starts against the Nationals, allowing five runs. He lasted six more on Tuesday. Kris Bryant went 2-for-3 against Hill, the rest of the Cubs 0-for-17. The Dodgers won 6-0. The Cubs have six hits in the past two games — five singles and a Fowler double. They must win three of the next four games, or for the 108th season there will be no title celebrated on the north side of Chicago. In three of those games, they would have to deal with a lefty starter — Julio Urias on Wednesday plus Kershaw and Hill — and Chicago is hitting .157 with a .456 OPS off southpaws this postseason. Maddon said he believes the slump is “more of a mental trend than physical.” That differs, in the view of Bryant and Montero, from last year when Mets pitching overwhelmed the Cubs (.164 average, eight runs in a four-game sweep). As Bryant explained, “I felt last year their pitchers beat us. This year, I have felt we have had our chances.” Still, once the title-less streak became 107 years, Cubs executives tried to make their lineup tougher to subdue by adding more patient, contact-oriented hitters such as Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist, retaining Dexter Fowler and believing a further maturation would come for Baez, Bryant and Addison Russell. And the 2016 Cubs scored 119 runs more than their predecessors. But the playoffs began and the offense has hit .185. An outfield that totaled the majors’ second-most homers has one (by Fowler) in the playoffs compared to two by their pitchers (Jake Arrieta and Travis Wood). The Cubs have managed just 25 runs in seven postseason games and nine have come in two rousing innings — the four they scored in the ninth inning against the closer-less Giants to rally and stunningly clinch in Division Series Game 4 and the five in the eighth inning Sunday. That those last at-bat magic shows came in consecutive games seemed to be the latest stamp this finally was The Year. Yet, Maddon was “rearranging the chairs a little bit” for NLCS Game 3. Against a lefty. Maddon benched Heyward, a $184 million signing who looks like he has Jay Bruce’s slump on endless loop due to a swing more complicated than calculus. The righty bat of Jorge Soler was installed in right, Zobrist and Baez were moved to third and fifth to surround Anthony Rizzo, dropped from third to cleanup. “We did attempt to shake it up a little bit today and obviously it didn’t play well,” Maddon said. So the team that was only out of first place one day all year, now trails two-games-to-one, with Maddon saying his team must “fight through some pretty stringent adversity.” That adversity looks like this: The Cubs are two losses from elimination because in the season when they were finally supposed to hit it big, they can’t hit at all.