Chicago Cubs 10 – 2 Los Angeles Dodgers
Despite being shut out in back to back games, the Cubs never panicked. They knew their #1 offense would come around eventually, and Wednesday, it broke out in a big way. The Cubs took advantage of shaky defense and used the long ball en-route to a 10-2 thrashing of the Dodgers.
A bunt, of all things, started the fourth inning rally for the Cubs, a rally that produced four runs and chased starter Julio Urias from the game. Chicago would score again in the fifth, and after the Dodgers cut the lead to 5-2 and looked to be getting back in the game, the Cubs used a five-run sixth to put the game away for good.
Los Angeles, who was 7th in the league in fielding percentage on the year, committed four errors – errors that extended innings and set Chicago up for big innings.
In a must-win game for the Cubs, they produced in a big way, waking up bats that had been quiet for much of the playoffs. Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russel each went 3-5 with a home run – two key bats that hadn’t done much this post-season.
The series resumes on Thursday as Kenta Maeda faces off against Jon Lester