National League Championship Series Game 3 – Cubs 0, Dodgers 6
WP – Rich Hill (1-0) LP – Jake Arrieta (0-1) Save – None
Jake Arrieta could not keep the Dodgers from scoring while the Cubs offense could not put anything together offensively. And the Cubs lost Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Cubs are pressing and for the first time all year they were shutout in back-to-back games. The Cubs offense made it very easy for Dodgers’ pitchers, especially Rich Hill.
The Cubs managed only one hit through five innings and went down in order in three of the first five innings against Rich Hill. The Cubs did not square up Hill whatsoever. The entire team looked lost at the plate and appears to be trying, which is never good for a baseball team.
Rich Hill was allowed to have a very good outing. Hill was not sharp. The Cubs could not do anything offensively. The Cubs managed only two singles off Hill and allowed him to face three over the minimum through six shutout innings.
Rich Hill was not as good as his final line indicates. Hill missed his spots badly and left several pitches over the plate the Cubs did not hit.
Kris Bryant (2-for-4) had the only two hits off Rich Hill. Anthony Rizzo (1-for-3 with one walk) and Jorge Soler (0-for-1 with one walk) had the only two walks.
The Cubs finished the night with four hits. Dexter Fowler (1-for-4 with a double) doubled with two outs in the eighth inning and forced Dave Roberts to use Kenley Jansen to close out a 6-0 win in Game 3. Jansen made 21 pitches on a night he should have never picked up a baseball. Rizzo reached on a broken bat infield single in the ninth.
Jake Arrieta made one bad pitch and did not get a call on a second that cost him three runs. Arrieta had good command Tuesday night and did not issue any free passes. Arrieta gave up a leadoff single to Andrew Toles in the third. Rich Hill bounced out to Bryant with Toles running. Toles advanced to second and scored on a two-out single to right by Corey Seager.
Arrieta appeared to strikeout Yasmani Grandal looking with one on in the fourth. Everyone, including Grandal, thought the 2-2 pitch was a strike. Arrieta did not get the call. Grandal went down and lifted a 3-2 pitch out to right center. Grandal smacked a two-run homer and enhanced the Dodgers chance of success in Game 3 with a 3-0 lead against the Cubs.
Justin Turner launched a solo shot off Arrieta leading off the sixth. With the Cubs down 4-0, Maddon went to his bullpen.
Jake Arrieta allowed four runs on six hits (two home runs) with no walks and five strikeouts. Arrieta made 83 pitches, 53 for strikes, in five-plus innings.
Travis Wood and Justin Grimm kept the Dodgers from adding on in relief of Arrieta. But the offense could not do anything against Dodgers’ pitching.
The Dodgers tacked on two runs in the eighth against Mike Montgomery. Montgomery struggled and gave up a lot of hard contact in his inning of work.
With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs trail the Dodgers 2-1 in the best-of-seven NLCS.
Game 4 is Wednesday night (7:08pm CDT) at Dodger Stadium. John Lackey versus rookie lefty Julio Urias.