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Major League Baseball playoffs: Ump admits blown call after Cubs' Joe Maddon ejected

Major League Baseball playoffs: Ump admits blown call after Cubs' Joe Maddon ejected”

And after Maddon's stormy exit, closer Wade Davis recorded the final six outs for the save in his first appearance in the NLCS. The play wasn't reviewable (and replays weren't clear on whether he did get a piece), yet the umpires got together and overturned the original call, causing Joe Maddon to go ballistic.

Down three games to none in the National League Championship Series, the Cubs will try to hold off elimination Wednesday night against the Dodgers in Game 4 at Wrigley Field.

As Arrieta made his way off the field after 6 2/3 innings, he tipped his cap to over 40,000 fans in attendance.

But that was far from the final Dodgers threat.

The 3-1 margin is the hole the Cubs dug themselves out of in last year's World Series against the Cleveland Indians, so they have experience in these situations. Things started terribly, as Justin Turner launched a booming home run to left to start the eighth and cut Chicago's lead to one.

On the next pitch, Granderson struck out, and Davis survived though he anxious that his elevated pitch count would burn him.

In most situations, a manager wouldn't ask for more from a pitcher after a long inning like that. Not one of them saw a foul tip or heard - thought it was a foul tip.

A scoreless ninth means attention turns to Thursday's Game 5 at Wrigley. "It's just one game at a time". He previously pitched in relief in the postseason, including past year against the Cubs in the NLCS. Game 4 was more like a home run derby with five dingers on the night between the two teams.

One out later, Baez homered down the left field line to make it 2-0.

Willson Contreras launched a rocket to the moon in the second inning to give the Cubs a fourth-consecutive lead in the series via the long ball. The estimated distance was 491 feet. But man, imagine if he did actually get a hit.

While the Cubs struggled to produce offensively throughout the series, Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo became the faces of Chicago's woes from the plate.

As a pending free agent, who knows where the 2015 Cy Young victor will be next season. But there's also that inner faith he can change the game with his sweet swing. Arrieta pitched four innings in the Division Series against the Nationals in a 5-0 loss. But his unavailability forced Los Angeles to get creative with its bench and defensive alignments-most notably by pushing starting centerfielder Taylor (a former middle infielder) to shortstop and having to rely on the trio of Granderson, Enrique Hernandez and Joc Pederson in his stead in the outfield.

It wouldn't be a baseball postseason game without legislative red tape. Hernandez has a hit and a walk in six trips to the plate, but he's best deployed as the right side of a platoon, not as a regular. Their lineup had been stifled by strong Dodgers pitching.



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