For the fourth consecutive game Wednesday night, Chicago took the early lead. And they did it in style. In the bottom half of the second, Willson Contreras came up and absolutely DEMOLISHED the first pitch he saw from Alex Wooda��491 feet off of the video board in left-centera��putting Chicago up 1-0.
Just two batters later, after an Addison Russell strikeout, Javier BA?ez would crush a ball down the line in left for another Chicago solo shot. This homer was also Baez’s first hit in the postseason.
Then Los Angeles would start battling back once again. In the very next inning, Cody Bellinger launched a solo shot off of Jake Arrieta into righta��bringing LA to within one. Once again, Los Angeles answered right back after the Cubs put a run on the board.
So were we about to see another LA comeback?
Not if BA?ez had anything to say about it.
In the fifth, he did damage once againa��golfing another pitch to left field off of Wooda��putting Chicago up 3-1. Saying golfed is not an understatement, either. After all, the pitch was just inches from the dirt. But BA?ez would not miss it.
Now let’s talk about Jake Arrieta.
Arrieta, as usual, was tremendous in this postseason elimination game. The righty pitched 6.2 innings, striking out nine and giving up just three hits while only allowing one run.
In the eighth, Wade Davis came in for a six-out save. But he wouldn’t make it easy on himself. The first batter he faced was Justin Turner. Naturally, Turner would take Davis deep to left fielda��bringing Los Angeles to within one.
It wouldn’t stop there for LA. Yasiel Puig worked a walk, putting the tying run on first. Next up, Andre Ethier popped out. Then Curtis Granderson struck out swinging. This strikeout was not without controversy, however, as Joe Maddon ended up getting ejected after the umpires changed their decision of a strikeout that was clearly a swing and a miss. Of course, on the next pitch, Granderson did strikeout. Yasmani Grandal walked too, but Chase Utleya��with Yasiel Puig in scoring positiona��struck out swinging to end the frame.
In the ninth, Davis would get Cody Bellinger to ground out into a game-ending double play. Thus, giving Chicago their first win of the series. The final scorea��3-2.
Chicago now trails 3-1 in the series and have plenty more work to do. the NLCS continues tonight with a Kershaw-Quintana matchup.
Can Chicago complete the improbable? Or, is it just a matter of time?