The Cubs took advantage of shaky defense and used the long ball en-route to a 10-2 thrashing of the Dodgers.
Rich Hill threw six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks, while the bullpen combined for three innings of shutout ball.
So much has been made about Clayton Kershaw’s inability to match his regular season success in the post-season. Tonight, Clayton shut down the haters. Kershaw pitched seven innings, allowing just two hits and one walk before giving way to Kenley Jansen who recorded the six-out save, striking out four.
Everything that could have gone right for the Cubs did on Saturday, as they used an eighth inning grand slam to secure a 1-0 NLCS lead over the Dodgers.
The Nationals struck early, tagging Rich Hill for one run that looked like it was going to stand. That is until Joc Pederson took Max Scherzer deep, and setting off a seventh inning for the ages.
Clayton Kershaw could only sit on the bench and watch, as another post-season start went off script. The Dodgers ace who has been so dominant in the regular season has just not seen the same success in the post-season, and Tuesday’s game was no exception.
The Nationals used a pair of four-run innings to score early and provide insurance late, as they beat the Dodgers and move one game closer to advancing to the NLCS.
When a series features the two best bullpens in baseball, its no surprise that managers have no reservations about pulling starters early. And that was the narrative from game two of the NLCS as both starters only lasted 4.1 innings, requiring the bullpen to put in work.
In what was supposed to be a pitching duel between aces Kershaw and Max Scherzer turned out to be a battle of bullpens. Kershaw lasted just five, giving up three runs on eight hits. Scherzer lasted six, but gave up four runs on four hits.