Russell connected against reliever Joe Blanton with Javy Baez (single, stolen base) on second.
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The usual suspects are starting against southpaws, with catcher Carlos Ruiz joining fellow right-handers Kiké Hernandez, Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig.
The left-hander struck out six and walked one.
The Cubs can take an NLCS lead back to Wrigley Field by winning Game 5 in Los Angeles. The Cubs lost 17 games in September that season and finished 8 games out. Montgomery entered after starter John Lackey, who was charged with two runs after giving up three hits and three walks over four-plus innings. He allowed doubles to Kris Bryant and Javy Baez, and a triple to Jason Heyward.
But Roberts is willing to make the trade-off, given how much the Dodgers’ over-reliance on Kershaw and the corrosive effect of his increased workload.
The affable Contreras showed his defensive presence in the first when he picked Justin Turner off second base with Adrian Gonzalez at the plate to end the inning. The main reason the Cubs are the flavor of the month is the fact they have not won the World Series since 1908, and have not been to the Fall Classic since 1945.
Anthony Rizzo hits a solo home run in the fifth inning.
The Chicago Cubs’ offense was only going to be held back for so long.
He wasn’t just talking about the favorable Lester-Maeda match-up, or the fact the Cubs had the majors’ best home record this season. Sometimes it starts right in the middle, soon as it’s understood it was probably the bat’s fault.
Dodgers third: Jon Lester was sacked up after striking out tough hitter Corey Seager swinging on a 3-2 cutter below the strike zone. He started 31 of 34 Lester starts in 2015 as well. As he has occasionally, he borrowed a teammate’s bat, Matt Szczur’s bat, one that is shaped and weighted similarly, but is a different model and has a different name on it. Rizzo homered for the Cubs’ fifth run.
Jon Lester reacts after the final out in the third inning.
The Cubs won the first one. Hopefully, we can either prolong it one more day or clinch it in Game 6. “I was safe, and we’ve got plenty of still frames to prove that I was safe”, Gonzalez said.
The Dodgers are trying to exploit Lester’s defensive deficiencies.
Gonzalez did not take getting thrown out that the plate all that well. He’s now counting on Kenta Maeda to out-pitch Jon Lester tonight. They only needed one.
Then the lights went out for Urias and the Dodgers. Fowler was running on the pitch and scored without a play.
Gametime temperature is 89 degrees.
Gonzalez was upset following the game, in which the Cubs tied the series up at 2-2. Kershaw would be set up to pitch on short rest for Game 5 if the Dodgers chose to go that route, and that in turn would mean he would be available in relief for a Game 7, just as he was for Game 5 of the NLDS.