The Chicago Cubs dropped their second straight game in the NLCS on Tuesday, losing Game 3, 6-0. Even worse, they have failed to score in each of their last two games and are in jeopardy of falling behind 3-1 in the series Wednesday.
“Who would have ever thought the Cubs would get shut out for (18) straight innings in the middle of the NLCS?” Los Angeles KNX sportscaster Randy Kerdoon said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “They haven’t done a thing since their catcher hit that grand-slam home run, that big five-run inning in Game 1. And the Dodgers – the team with so many pitchers that kind of perform from time to time – they have been a stone-cold lock in this series. So you watch this and it’s amazing to me that the Dodgers are pulling it off like this. But they have done one thing: they’ve kept every Cub who’s not named Kris Bryant off the base paths for the most part. Chicago only (had four) hits in (Game 3). It’s stunning to me that the Dodger pitchers have come through.”
Rich Hill was masterful in Game 3, allowing just two hits in six shutout innings.
“This is a guy who’s struggled through the blisters,” Kerdoon said. “We were all waiting to see if that would become a problem tonight. No problem at all. He has done incredibly well. Dodgers fans, they’re pinching each other, but they are in the driver’s seat right now.”
Just as Miguel Montero had the clutch hit in Game 1 – a pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning – Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer in Game 3 that gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead in the fourth.
“It’s the guys you don’t expect that are making the big plays,” Kerdoon said. “The big names, they’re just not doing it. It’s affecting this series, and we’ve seen it in some other series. It’s incredible some of the plays we’ve seen by guys who, just a couple months ago, we didn’t even know about.”
Game 4 is Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.