OSS: Cubs lose in all aspects of the game.
- Kyle Schwarber got the scoring started with an opposite field solo HR against Darvish in the first inning. Unfortunately, that is also when the scoring stopped.
- Kris Bryant had two hits and didn't strike out for what seems like the first time in the last month.
- We didn't have to hear the awful Dodger Stadium sound system.
One down the middle:
- Kyle Hendricks was just okay. His changeup was working and he got some key strikeouts, but left a lot of balls up in the zone on a day that the wind was blowing out. At least the two homers were solo shots. His other run was on a double and triple that were inches away from being foul balls.
Far too many down:
- This game was pretty much the anti-2016 Cubs. The defense was awful, and it's hard to pick the worst play of the game. There were plenty of FFS moments. Monty crossing up Contreras for a passed ball strikeout run was certainly one of them, as was Happ dropping a fly ball in CF. KB had an error that looked like a bad hop at first but on replay it looked like he basically just whiffed on it. Zobrist replaced Heyward and immediately saw a ball fall in front of him in what would have been a routine play otherwise. Pretty much everything was going wrong.
- After having a good outing in game two, the bullpen looked like shit again. Dave Roberts showed so little respect for Edwards ability to throw strikes that he let Darvish bat with the bases loaded, and was vindicated when Carl threw four straight balls. Monty has been a useful piece for the team most of the year, but looked utterly putrid once again, hitting the dirt more often than he did the strike zone.
- The defense and bullpen feel the most glaring/frustrating, but the offense should get a lot more blame for this postseason. They were knocking Darvish around and had a couple of rallies and only ended up with that solo shot in their second at bat of the game to show for it. Sequencing, good pitching, blah blah blah, they just can't get anything going at all.
Next up: Jake Arrieta will make what is very probably his last start in a Cubs uniform, facing off against Alex Wood.