The Cubs found a way to keep their postseason alive by beating the Dodgers 3-2 in Game 4 of the NLCS. It was a pretty close match from start to finish, though both offenses seemed a little flat and relied solely on the home run ball.
The Dodgers and the Cubs combined for just nine hits on Wednesday, with the five home runs coming from Javier Baez (2), Wilson Contreras (1), Cody Bellinger (1), and Justin Turner (1).
The Cubs’ only other hits came from Albert Almora Jr. and their starting pitcher, Jake Arrieta. Alex Wood gave up four of the hits in his 4.2 innings of work, while the Dodgers’ bullpen combined for 3.1 innings of one-hit baseball. It’s absolutely insane to think that the bullpen has given up no runs and just three hits in the entirety of the NLCS so far.
The Dodgers’ other two hits came from a Yasiel Puig single in the 1st inning and a Justin Turner single in the 6th inning. Be warned, the following stats might get you a little mad. Andre Ethier, Curtis Granderson, Yasmani Grandal, and Chase Utley made up the back-end of the lineup. These four hitters, brace yourselves, went 0-12 with three walks, eight strikeouts, and a hit by pitch. They also left eleven runners on base.
So I know what you’re saying: “Can we please never start Andre Ethier, Curtis Granderson, Yasmani Grandal, or Chase Utley ever again?” Well I have a bit of good news for you. The Cubs will send Jose Quintana, a leftie, to the mound for Game 5 on Thursday. This pretty much eliminates the chances of any of the above players starting, so expect to see Kiké Hernandez, Charlie Culberson, Austin Barnes, and Logan Forsythe in their places. As if that good news wasn’t enough, there’s more. The Dodgers are sending Clayton Kershaw to the mound!
Game 5 of the NLCS starts at 5:08 p.m. PT at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers are still just one win away from going to the World Series; however, a Chicago win will force the NLCS back to Los Angeles. As fun as it would be to watch the Dodgers clinch at home, I think I speak for everybody when I say that watching them clinch in Chicago would be just as great. As always, if you’re not able to watch the game you can follow us on Twitter at @DodgersNation for the play-by-play!
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