Chicago Cubs 10, LA Dodgers 2
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
LOS ANGELES – (Wire Service Report) – A bunt got the Chicago Cubs off and running as they ended a major slump in a rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell broke out of their skips by hitting home runs, and the Cubs pounded the Dodgers 10-2 at Dodger Stadium to even the National League Championship Series at two games apiece. The Cubs, who were shut out the previous two games, broke a scoreless tie with a four-run fourth inning before pulling away.
“You knew it was going to happen. It was just a matter of about when,” said Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Game 5 is Thursday at Dodger Stadium.
Rizzo and Russell each had three hits, and Rizzo drove in three runs. Rizzo was 1-for-11 in the series before Wednesday, and Russell was 0-for-9.
“To even up the series, now we have a chance to take another one here (Thursday) and go home with a 3-2 lead,” said Rizzo, who recorded his first RBIs of the postseason. “In a way, this is just one game. And we know that it’s going to be a quick turnaround to be ready (Thursday), but this was definitely a big game for us.”
Ben Zobrist also had two hits for Chicago. Reliever Mike Montgomery (1-0) struck out two and allowed two hits in two innings for the win. Montgomery, who became the third reliever to earn a win and record a hit in an NLCS contest, relieved starter John Lackey, who went four-plus innings and allowed two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Dodgers rookie pitcher Julio Urias (0-1) gave up four runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. The 20-year-old became the youngest pitcher in major league history to start a playoff game.
“I came out with a positive mentality,” said Urias, who at 20 years and 68 days surpassed Bret Saberhagen, the previous youngest at 20 years and 175 days when he started the 1984 American League Championship Series for the Kansas City Royals against the Detroit Tigers. “I came out to fight for the team. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a favorable result.”
A five-run sixth, highlighted by an RBI single by Fowler and a two-run base hit by Rizzo, blew the game open for Chicago. The Dodgers believed they scored in the second inning. After Andrew Toles singled to right with two outs, Adrian Gonzalez was called out at the plate by umpire Angel Hernandez on throw by right fielder Jason Heyward to catcher Willson Contreras. A replay review failed to overturn the call.
“I knew I was safe. I was safe, and we’ve got plenty of still frames to prove that I was safe,” Gonzalez said. “Unfortunately, this turned into a trial, and there was not enough evidence.”