Hill outpitches Arrieta; Dodgers beat Cubs 6-0 for NLCS lead

Hill outpitches Arrieta; Dodgers beat Cubs 6-0 for NLCS lead

Hill outpitches Arrieta; Dodgers beat Cubs 6-0 for NLCS lead

You didn't think beating Clayton Kershaw would be easy, did you?

Kershaw, who has volunteered to be rode like a horse in this postseason presumably out of a desire to exorcise his past demons, was a tractor.

Los Angeles' SP Clayton Kershaw (1-0) pitched a seven-inning gem, allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk while fanning 6.

A much-needed equalizer was made by the Los Angeles Dodgers as they made a shutout victory against the Chicago Cubs 1-0 last Sunday night which tied the series. The NLCS is now tied 1-1. Sure, a lot of those postseason losses are the fault of his bullpen, but when you're as great as he is you should win, and win big, but that hasn't happened much when Kershaw pitches in the playoffs. The duo that totaled 204 RBIs in the regular season is a combined 2 for 45 through six games in the postseason. This is where Arrieta announced to America he was special on August 30, 2015, no-hitting the Dodgers on national TV from a mound he complimented Monday. And, none of those people are named Javy Baez, without whom the Cubs would probably be playing golf this week. Chicago RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 3.00 ERA postseason) will start Game 3. Three times the Dodgers gave him the entire left side of the infield by shifting. "Words are not really coming to me to describe it". But leading off the seventh?

“Anytime you can get on, ” Rizzo said, his voice trailing off. With Rizzo slumping otherwise, why not try something different? While Hendricks allowed just one early run, the Dodgers still made him work. This is an unbelievable workload for a starting pitcher. Baez and Willson Contreras hit consecutive two-out singles in the fifth for Chicago's first baserunners, but Jason Heyward fouled out to third. With the Cubs struggling to score runs, you can't afford to be essentially giving away two or three outs, as has been the case nearly all year long with Heyward against lefties, whom he had a.586 OPS against and a grand total of six extra-base hits in 161 plate apperances.

Chicago mounted its final charge at Kershaw in the seventh. Edwards then came in and got Pederson to hit a soft liner to second that Baez let drop before starting a heady inning-ending double play.

Meanwhile, Washington fans will be second-guessing an array of tactical maneuvers for years to come, beginning with third-base coach Bob Henley's imprudent decision to wave home Jayson Werth, who was thrown out easily to end the sixth inning.

Given the numbers to date, I think Maddon or anyone else would gladly accept the challenge of finding three more wins in possibly five more games. Use some knowledge that I have from the past to kind of help me tomorrow. The teams lucked out on the weather, as there was heavy rain Sunday morning in Chicago, but both Saturday night and Sunday night were pleasant with game-time temperatures in the low 70s. That's particularly true if the Cubs face an Indians team that leads the ALCS 2-games-to-0 and has posted an absurd 1.60 ERA against Boston and Toronto, two of the best offenses in baseball, during a postseason in which they have yet to lose a game. Guess what that 7:08 p.m.is when converted to military time?

"Seeing how Kersh went out there again, showing us he's the best in the game", Jansen said after the game, to Morosi, "How he put this whole team on his back and carried us to a win just gave me that extra boost and extra energy to go out there and compete and earn that victory". There's a few storylines right there.

The Indians won two games at home to take a strong grip on the American League Championship Series, which shifts to Toronto for game three on Monday.

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