It was the efforts of the two Dodgers above that lead to the team tying the Cubs at one game a piece in the NLCS. Clayton Kershaw went seven strong innings, allowing just two hits, one walk and recording six strike outs with 84 pitches. Best yet, he is one of only two pitchers to hold the Cubs scoreless by a 1-0 score in the postseason ever -- the other man being Babe Ruth. Per Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider:
“Awesome. Watching Kersh, that shows he’s the best in the game,” Jansen said. “His stuff that he had, the way that he pitched against this team. He showed you again, he can just put this team on his back.”Adrian Gonzalez, for his part, got only one hit, but it was a big one. On the second pitch of the second inning Gonzalez hit a towering drive to centerfield that cleared the wall for the only run to score in the entire game.
Photo above via @Dodgers/Jon SooHoo on twitter. Go here to check out a bunch of pics by Jon SooHoo from yesterdays game in Chicago. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1981 the Dodgers defeated the Montreal Expos in Game 4 of the NLCS at Olympic Stadium, 7-1. Steve Garvey hit a two-run homer in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie, then the Dodgers scored four more runs in the ninth to run away with it. They are tied at two games a piece in the series with a deciding Game 5 two days later.
- Happy Birthday, Jim Gilliam!
- Video: Clayton Kershaw talks to the media after going through seven scoreless innings and splitting the series with the Cubs on Sunday night. (Link Here)
- Video: Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts on his decision to keep Clayton Kershaw until the 7th inning, splitting the series and more. (Link Here)
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Julio Urias throws bullpen session, lined up for potential NLCS Game 4 start."
“I think that as unpredictable as these games are, with Rich going Game 3, and just with potential with the blister, we’re not not confirming yet,” Roberts said during his press conference before Game 2. “Every game we still got to kind of figure out how to navigate.”
- Via Mark Townsend at Yahoo Sports; "Pedro Baez's glacial pitching pace led to avalanche of Twitter jokes."
- Via Chris Cwik at Yahoo Sports; "Dave Roberts' terrifying laugh will probably keep you up tonight."
- Via ESPN; "Tommy Lasorda misses games while recovering in hospital."
- Here's something I didn't know. Via J.P. Hoornstra at OC Register, Adrian Gonzalez had refused to stay at the Trump hotel in Chicago when the Dodgers came into town in May.
“I didn’t stay there,” Adrian Gonzalez confirmed. “I had my reasons.”
Gonzalez smiled as he declined to specify his reasons for not staying at the team hotel in June, saying, “We’re here to play baseball not talk politics.”
Fortunately, this wasn't an issue for the NLCS. The Dodgers ended up staying at a different hotel this time around.
The hotel required a non-refundable deposit in order to hold a block of rooms for the team. Until their Game 5 victory over the Washington Nationals late Thursday night, the Dodgers weren’t sure they would need those rooms. Arrangements were made with a different hotel.
- Via Andrea Canales at One Nación; "Three Hispanic athletes learn a new language to drive success."
However, the soft-spoken (Carlos) Ruiz found the language barrier difficult to overcome. He spent years in the Philadelphia farm system, but still wasn't completely comfortable with English when he was finally promoted to the major leagues in 2006.
"For almost every interview, I had to have others translate for me, and look for someone to do that," Ruiz explained. "I had a lot of miserable moments. But my teammates treated me well and helped me gain confidence."
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Alex Verdugo, Cody Bellinger start hot in Arizona Fall League."
- Howie Kendrick made a big donation over the weekend, per a tweet by the Dodgers Foundation. "Let's kick Alz... in the Balls."
Last night at @Sethrogen @Hilar4Charity event Howie Kendrick announced his donation of $100K to make change & raise awareness of Alzheimers pic.twitter.com/zrGH8vQJzg— Dodgers Foundation (@DodgersFdn) October 16, 2016
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