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Maeda earns win in relief as Dodgers take NLCS opener — Baseball

18 Octubre 2017, 08:54 | Gerardo Tarin

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Baseball: Maeda earns win in relief as Dodgers take NLCS opener

Lackey is a famously clutch playoff pitcher, but he had already pitched the night before (1 2/3 innings, giving up one walk and one hit) and was entering in the middle of an inning, something he had rarely done before.

With Hollywood as its neighbor, Los Angeles is no stranger to dramatic endings.

Justin Turner stepped up to the plate Sunday night and smacked a three-run home run over the center field wall, lowering the boom on the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series - leaving the Boys in Blue just two wins shy of their first World Series in 29 years.

The ballpark was full of life and anticipation as Game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers got underway on a beautiful October night.

The Cubs had a 2-0 lead on Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 but lost 5-2.

"I think everybody's just been attacking", Morrow said.

Now, it was thanks to a bases loaded walk courtesy of Carl Edwards Jr. throwing four straight balls with Darvish at the plate, but it was still incredible. Like Little, he cost a long-suffering team its best chance at a title. Slowly, the hope was sucked out of Wrigleyville. The Dodgers are a versatile team and Taylor fits right in with that game plan. The 6-4, 225-pounder, as they say, had good stuff. Even so, the game was tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Seager was left off the NLCS roster due to back pain. No matter the case, Maddon has to wear the blame for a stunning loss. He struck out seven and walked one. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner won the NLDS series opener last week despite giving up four homers at Dodger Stadium, and Almora's shot made him the first Dodgers pitcher to yield five homers in a single postseason.

Dodgers: Hill is a former Cubs pitcher with just one career postseason victory, but the resilient veteran regularly comes through in tough situations for LA. "Lackey's track record in the playoffs has been amazing".

"I'm betting on his experience right there as much as anything", Maddon said of his decision to go with Lackey. "We grab a lead, you got to get him out there". "He's an amazing, amazing man, and there's going to be a statue for him here some day". If you did watch the entire game, you might as well watch it again to refresh your memory. I really thought that John would not be affected by the moment. The results were not surprising. He's the guy who took the Red Sox to the World Series, the guy who finally beat the hated Yankees. Jansen wasn't exactly on the ropes, but it was a start. "Moving the baseball" sounds good if there is a runner at third base and less than two outs, but Maddon's logic doesn't fly with just a man on first.

A strength of Chicago's during the regular season, the bullpen has a 7.03 ERA in the playoffs. "He's not afraid to fail and just wants to be in that spot".

Kyle Schwarber got the crowd of 41,871 jacked up when he homered on a first-pitch offering from Dodgers starter Yu Darvish to put the Cubs up, 1-0, in the first inning.

Brandon Morrow was perfect in the sixth and seventh innings before Josh Fields (one out) and Tony Watson (two outs) combined to throw a perfect eighth. I knew I had to make that drastic change and get out of my comfort zone. First came Hill, gliding through five innings with a three-hit, one-run, eight-strikeout gem.

"I feel like this is our year", Rivera said.

Yes, the Dodgers are up 3-0 and this series is all but over.

In NLCS Game 3, Yu Darvish pitched six-plus great innings. Chicago manager Joe Maddon juggled his lineup, inserting Kyle Schwarber into the No. 2 slot and benching slumping second baseman Javier Baez, but the defending World Series champions were shut down by another Dodgers starter and more stellar relief from the NL West champions. Oh, that we all could be like baseball fans, clinging to our heritage and that which is dear to our hearts, while at the same time opening our arms and our eyes and our cities to that which is best for our team. The All-Star closer hit Anthony Rizzo with one out, allowing the Cubs their first baserunner against the Dodgers' bullpen over the course of the first two games.



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