This team is something else.
The Los Angeles Dodgers extended their National League Championship Series lead to 3-0 against a desperate Chicago Cubs ball club after a remarkable 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field. They have now won six games in a row this postseason, which is a franchise record!
— ESPN (@espn) October 18, 2017
Yu Darvish pitched 7.1 solid innings in Game 3, despite allowing a home run to Kyle Schwarber in the top of the first inning. Chicago’s home field advantage just wasn’t significant enough to keep the Boys in Blue from clicking on all cylinders; offensively and defensively.
Darvish left the mound with seven strikeouts and used his deceptive cutter to keep opposing batters from using torque-powered hits inside the infield throughout his outing. However, Cubs right-handed starter Kyle Hendricks struggled in his outing on Tuesday. He gave up an Andre Ethier home run in the 2nd inning and a Chris Taylor home run in the 3rd inning (his 2nd of the NLCS), thus igniting a big night for the LA offense.
Things eventually started to get out of hand when the Cubs weren’t able to get anything going, and that’s been the story for the opposition throughout the postseason. The Dodgers would collect another run in the 5th after a Chris Taylor RBI triple that scored Joc Pederson from second base. Then the most bizarre play of the game would come the next inning when Yu Darvish would work a bases loaded walk, putting the Dodgers up 4-1. The fact that Dave Roberts left the bat in Darvish’s hands to begin with puzzled all of Twitter, but it worked.
That run in the 6th inning would be charged to Kyle Hendricks, who was taken out of the game earlier in the 6th after Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier got on base. His five innings of work resulted in four runs on six hits. The last two Dodgers runs came in the top of the 8th thanks to a wild pitch, a passed ball, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kyle Farmer.
What is absolutely insane is the fact that the Dodgers’ bullpen has not allowed a run and has only surrendered two hits in the entire NLCS. Those two hits came on Tuesday in the bottom of the 9th with Ross Stripling on the mound. He would be taken out and replaced by Kenley Jansen, who would do what he does best and get the next three batters out.
— mike hiserman (@MikeHiserman) October 18, 2017
Nothing’s guaranteed, but the Dodgers will aim for a series sweep against the Cubs on Wednesday to remain undefeated in the postseason. Nevertheless, expect this team to come into Wrigley Field with a lot of momentum, swagger, and the mindset to keep pushing towards the ultimate goal: a World Series title.
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