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92-70, 1st in NL Cent

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' Yu Darvish needed just seven pitches to get through the six and is at 76 for the game. There is a pronounced nervous energy at Wrigley Field right now.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Interesting decision from Dave Roberts in the sixth. He had Curtis Granderson in the on-deck circle, but pulled him back to let Yu Darvish hit for himself with the bases loaded and two out ... and Carl Edwards Jr. walked Darvish, adding to L.A.'s lead. It's been that kind of postseason for the Dodgers (and Edwards) so far.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Wow. A gift run for the Dodgers to push the lead to 4-1. Yu Darvish, who wasn't going to swing had the Cubs' Carl Edwards walked up to the plate and placed the ball on a tee, walks him on four pitches to force in a run.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Now, likely spurred on by my Old Hoss Radbourn reference, Dave Roberts has Tony Watson throwing in the Dodgers' bullpen. Anthony Rizzo is leading off the sixth for the Cubs.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Yu Darvish has thrown just 69 pitches through five innings and apparently no one is warming up in the Dodgers' bullpen. Tough to say because the bullpens are behind the wall at Wrigley Field, but the scoreboard lists only the Cubs' Carl Edwards as throwing at the moment. Anyway, if Darvish comes out for the sixth, in a 2017 Dodgers playoff context, that kind of puts him in the same class as Old Hoss Radbourn.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

What started as a promising night for the Cubs' offense has been followed by a string of zeroes against Yu Darvish in NLCS Game 3 -- something Chicago couldn't afford to have happen with Los Angeles' lights-out bullpen looming.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Per ESPN Stats & Info: Chris Taylor of the Dodgers hit a Game 1 homer as a center fielder. His mammoth shot tonight came as a shortstop. He's the first player in postseason history to homer at those two positions in the same playoff season.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

One good sign for the Cubs: They had a chase rate of 40 percent on pitches outside the strike zone through their first seven postseason games, including 43 percent in Game 2, but are at 22 percent through three innings. On the other hand, Yu Darvish is throwing strikes with 32 out of 45 pitches strikes and no walks so far. Remember, the Dodgers bullpen has been hot with eight hitless innings in the series. The Cubs may need to get to Darvish in the next couple of innings.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The go-ahead home run Chris Taylor hit off Kyle Hendricks tonight is the longest tracked by Statcast this postseason. Not bad for a guy who had zero home runs in 233 career at-bats with the Mariners before being acquired by the Dodgers in June of 2016.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks has allowed multiple home runs in consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He's given up 2 already tonight after giving up 2 in Game 5 of the NLDS.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

From Sarah Langs of ESPN Stats & Info: Kyle Hendricks has now allowed multiple home runs in consecutive playoff games. That had never happened to him in the regular season in his career.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Taylor does it again, putting the Dodgers ahead in the third. He got ahead of Kyle Hendricks 3-1 then unloaded on a sinker in the middle-middle part of the plate, putting it over the batter's eye in center field. Statcast had it at 444 feet. The pressure is mounting on the Cubs to do some damage against Yu Darvish before this game goes to the bullpens.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Then, after Yu Darvish keeps the Cubs to that one run, on the second pitch of the second, L.A. ties on an Andre Ethier blast off the scoreboard above the right-field fence. That's the fifth career postseason homer for the dean of the Dodgers.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The ball was jumping out of the park in batting practice and continues to do so early in Game 3. Soon after Kyle Schwarber gave the Wrigley Field crowd something to cheer about with a home run, Andre Either quieted them with a solo blast of his own.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

It was an eventful first inning for Dodgers starter Yu Darvish. He allowed a run on a Kyle Schwarber bomb off a first-pitch cutter and two other hits, but he escapes the frame with one run on the board. The other day, Dave Roberts said that Darvish has "a lot of toys" and he's broken most of them out early, mixing in five different pitches during his 15 first-inning offerings, per Statcast.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The Cubs had one run and three hits in the first inning of NLCS Game 3, which is as many runs and hits as they had in their past 14 innings this series.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

With one swing of the bat, Kyle Schwarber has turned a Cubs crowd wondering if the offense would ever come alive to one making a lot of noise. It's loud at Wrigley Field with the Cubs jumping out to an early lead over Yu Darvish and the Dodgers on Schwarber's first-inning blast to left-center.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

One reason Joe Maddon said he benched Javier Baez was to get another lefty in the lineup. He wanted to do that because Yu Darvish had a big platoon split this year: His OPS allowed against lefties was 178 points higher and Kyle Schwarber showed way, blasting an 89-mph cutter into the left field bleachers. That's by far Darvish's worst pitch, as batters slugged .511 against it in the regular season.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Yasiel Puig gave us the rare foul-ball bat flip, admiring a blast to left-field that hooked just outside the foul pole before striking out looking to end the first inning.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Did not notice this stat from Elias until after Sunday night's game, but it's a doozy: The Dodgers' Justin Turner is 13 for 18 (a .722 average) in with runners in scoring position during his postseason career. Highest of any player with at least 10 postseason at-bats.

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4hJerry Crasnick

MLB postseason games lasting longer than ever

If you think MLB playoff games are lasting longer, you're right -- the average game is 10 minutes longer than last year, and 21 minutes longer than two years ago.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

NLCS Game 3 seventh-inning stretch duties will be handled by a couple of former Cubs pitchers tonight.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

An American classic:

ESPN Stats & Info

Both teams make changes for Game 3 of NLCS

The Cubs have slotted Kyle Schwarber in the No. 2 spot in place of struggling second baseman Javier Baez for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers are opting to add Chase Utley, Andre Ethier and Joc Pederson and remove Enrique Hernandez, Logan Forsythe and Charlie Culberson.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Tommy Lasorda greets Joe Maddon during Cubs batting practice.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs8224th
Batting Average.25516th
On Base Percentage.3384th
Slugging Percentage.4377th
Earned Run Average3.957th
Quality Starts77Tied-8th
WHIP1.289th
BAA.2384th