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Los Angeles Dodgers Shutdown Cubs In Game 3 Of The NLCS

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Los Angeles Dodgers shutdown Cubs offense behind strong performance by Rich Hill

With the series tied at a game apiece, the NLCS shifted back to California for Game 3. The Los Angeles Dodgers slated lefty Rich Hill to start the game while the Chicago Cubs countered with Jake Arrieta. Arrieta cruised through the first two innings while Hill struggled a little in the 2nd inning. Even though Hill threw 30 pitches in the 2nd inning, zero runs were scored.

After an Andrew Toles single in the bottom of the 3rd, pitcher Rich Hill moved him over with a swinging bunt down the third base line. Toles was running with the pitch and probably could have made it into 2nd without the sacrifice by Hill. Toles would stay at second until Corey Seager drove him in with an RBI single to make the score 1-0 Dodgers. Seager would take second on the throw to the plate but would be stranded there.

The Cubs would be held in check in the top of the 4th but the same could not be said about the Dodgers in the home half of the inning. With a runner on, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal smashed a 404-foot home run to right center to make the score 3-0 Dodgers.

The score remained 3-0 until Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner stepped to the plate to leadoff the 6th inning. On the first pitch Turner saw, he blasted the ball 415 feet for a solo home run. That would be Arrieta’s last pitch of the game as he allowed four runs on six hits over five innings of work. He also struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Hill would be lifted after six very strong innings. He did not allow a run but he did give up two hits and issue two walks while striking out six.

With the game firmly in hand, the Dodgers tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the 8th off of a Joc Pederson RBI double and a Yasmani Grandal RBI ground out. Those two runs made the score 6-0 Dodgers and that would end up being the final score in Game 3.

Chicago’s offense was totally shutdown in Game 3. Dodgers pitching only allowed four base hits and two walks while racking up ten strikeouts.

With the win, the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 will be Wednesday, October 19th at 8:00pm eastern on Fs1. The pitching matchup for Game 4 will be John Lackey for the Chicago Cubs versus Julio Urias for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chicago will look to even the series while the Dodgers look to take a commanding 3-1 lead.