Pennant fever is sweeping across Los Angeles and Southern California, and the only known cure is a Dodgers World Series championship. There is certainly no joy in Cubs land tonight as the Dodgers defeated Chicago by a 6-0 score in game 3 of the NLCS to take a 2-1 series lead. The Dodgers are now just two wins away from their first National League championship since the 1988 club.
Veteran Rich Hill was dominant as he kept the Chicago lineup as quiet as a mouse using his trademark curveballs and off-speed pitches. Hill tossed six innings of shutout ball allowing just two hits and striking out six. The Dodger offense provided plenty of fireworks, which included a huge two-run home run from Yasmani Grandal and another bomb from Justin Turner. The Turner home run in the bottom of the sixth knocked opposing starter Jake Arrieta out of the game. The Dodgers hadn’t got a hit off of him since 2013.
NLCS Game 3- Dodgers Lead series 2-1
Cubs 0 4 0
Dodgers 6 10 0
The Dodgers scored six runs on ten hits and were 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers have now shutout the Cubs in consecutive games and the Cubbies have not scored a run since the eighth inning of game 1. The bullpen boys of Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton, and Kenley Jansen finished off the sad sack Cubs to close out the win. Here’s how it all went down at Dodger Stadium…..
In the top of the first the Dodgers got a Corey Seager single off of opposing starter Jake Arrieta but that was all. Hill retired the Cubs in the bottom of the first, striking out Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez. The only problematic inning for Hill was the top of the second. Rizzo walked, and after Baez popped out, Rizzo stole second base. This was after Hill almost made two errant pick-off throws that Gonzo saved. Jorge Soler (who was playing for Jason Heyward) walked and both runners advanced on a passed ball from Grandal. Don’t worry he would make up for it later in the game. Hill then struck out Addison Russell, and got Miguel Montero on a grounder. The Dodgers escape.
The Dodgers struck first in the bottom of the third. Andrew Toles singles and advances to second when Hill sacrifices. Although it appeared that he had the base stolen anyways. Then after Chase Utley pops up, Corey Seager’s two-out single to right driven Toles to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead!
After the Cubs go down 123 in the top half of the fourth, the Dodgers would add two more runs in the bottom of the fourth frame. Josh Reddick would single off of Arrieta’s glove as the ball deflected towards Baez who was unable to recover. Reddick then stole second and third, but was able to walk home on Yasmani Grandal’s huge two-run shot into the right field pavilions. The Dodgers lead 3-0!
Move to the bottom of the sixth. Justin Turner’s solo home run knocks Arrieta out of the game. The former Cy Young winner was lackluster allowing four earned runs in five innings plus. Joe Blanton comes in to pitch a scoreless top of the seventh inning. The inning featured an overturned call on a ground ball from Chris Coghlan. Blanton ended the inning by striking out Heyward.
In the top of the eighth with the Dodgers up 4-0 left hander Grant Dayton is brought in. He got the first two guys by whiffing Contreras, and Albert Almora Jr. to ground out. But Dexter Fowler doubles down the left field line. Dave Roberts didn’t want to give the Cubs any momentum so he calls in Kenley Jansen to get the last four outs of the game. Jansen easily whiffs Kris Bryant to end the inning.
The Dodgers would tack on two more runs in the bottom half of the eighth. With one out Yasiel Puig (pinch-hitting) would single off of Mike Montgomery. Joc Pederson’s slicing double to left would score Puig and the Dodgers lead is now 5-0. After Joc steals third base he scores on a Grandal grounder. The Dodgers lead 6-0 after 8 frames.
In the top of the ninth inning Kenley would make short order of the despondent Cubs. He gets Zobrist on a ground out. Rizzo singled, but Baez whiffed, and Coghlan lines out to Turner for the last out. The Dodgers win 6-0 and take a 2-1 NLCS lead!
You know, I don’t really feel sorry for the Cubs at all. I actually dislike the Cubs a lot more than I thought I would entering this series. You see, many people are rooting for the Cubs including those awful FS1 broadcasters. It seems like everybody outside of Los Angeles and Southern California is rooting for the Cubs because they feel sorry for them. Or perhaps they want to see something they have never seen before. So it’s us against the world. The Dodgers are going to have to break the Cubs’ poor little hearts and steal the National League pennant. Tonight was pure joy and I feel no sympathy at all for Chicago. The goat has struck again! The Dodgers are a pretty good team too.
The Dodgers give the ball to phenom Julio Urias tomorrow night in game 4 as they look to take a commanding series lead. The Cubs will send veteran right hander John Lackey to the mound in hopes of tying the series.
“It’s not bad luck….the Cubs just suck…..Hey Chicago what do you say….The Cubs are gonna lose today…..
Sing it! It’s catchy!….