LA Dodgers 6, Chicago Cubs 0
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
LOS ANGELES – (Wire Service Report) – Throw the Tuesday loss out with the trash, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
“For me, it’s about putting this one in the wastebasket, come back and play (Wednesday),” Maddon said. “It’s one day at a time. I’ve preached that all season long.”
Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Cubs for the second game in a row, earning a 6-0 victory in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers starter Rich Hill threw six shutout innings as Los Angeles grabbed a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven series. Hill (1-0) allowed just two hits with six strikeouts and two walks to become the only Los Angeles pitcher not named Clayton Kershaw to win a postseason start this month.
“It’s the biggest game of my career,” Hill said. “Again, it’s all about staying in the moment and executing when you’re in that moment, and that’s all you can think about.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was pleased to see Hill, who issued both of his walks in the second inning, deliver a quality start in the playoffs.
“He still has a very good chance to get guys out, but I think that his preparedness, his guts, really kept those guys at bay,” Roberts said. “But changing speeds, pitching off the breaking ball, mixing in the fastball, yeah, he kept them off-balance all night.”
Relievers Joe Blanton and Grant Dayton combined to work 1 2/3 scoreless innings before Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen recorded the final four outs.
Game 4 is Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
Toronto 5, Cleveland 1
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
TORONTO – (Wire Service Report) – The Toronto Blue Jays finally got their bats working. Aaron Sanchez and the bullpen took care of the rest, and Toronto is still alive in the American League Championship Series after defeating the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Tuesday afternoon.
Cleveland leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 and could clinch a World Series berth by winning Game 5 at Rogers Centre on Wednesday afternoon. Marco Estrada will pitch for Toronto, with Cleveland going with rookie Ryan Merritt.
“We’re still alive, no doubt,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “Even through the struggles of the last few games where they outplayed us and shut us down, I mean, it was the same guys, just weren’t getting the results.”
Josh Donaldson hit a solo homer, and Edwin Encarnacion had a two-run single. Sanchez (1-0) allowed two hits and one run in six innings. He struck out five and walked two. Toronto relievers Brett Cecil, Jason Grilli and Roberto Osuna allowed no baserunners over the final three innings. Donaldson spoke to his teammates during a team meeting before the game.
“Everybody knew coming into today how important today was,” Donaldson said. “But at the same time, I just wanted to kind of reiterate that and let the boys know I was coming to play today.”
Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber (1-1), starting on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven in five innings. The runs were the first he allowed this postseason.
“They hit better than us, they pitched better than us, they played defense better than us today, so they deserved to win,” Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor said. “Their hitters looked a lot better today, a lot more comfortable.”
The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead on the first homer of this postseason by Donaldson with two outs in the third. An RBI single by Ezequiel Carrera gave Toronto a 2-0 lead in the fourth. The flare to center came with one out after Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin opened the inning with consecutive walks.
TORONTO – (Wire Service Report) – Corey Kluber will start on short rest Tuesday in the hopes that he can give his team a long rest going into the World Series. The Cleveland Indians will be entering Game 4 of the American League Championship Series trying to complete a four-game sweep after winning Game 3 over the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Monday at Rogers Centre.
By starting Tuesday, Kluber would be available for Game 7 should the Blue Jays awaken and extend the series that far. Kluber, who won Game 1 of the ALCS, will face Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez. When Cleveland’s Game 3 starter, Trevor Bauer, left after two-thirds of an inning, the Indians used six relievers to complete the final 8 1/3 innings. Indians left-hander Ryan Merritt, who has one career major league start and four appearances, had been listed as the tentative Game 4 starter.
Manager Terry Francona, however, said he had little choice but to start Kluber, who is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA this postseason.
“If we don’t bring him back (Tuesday) and he pitches Game 5, we don’t have a starter for Game 7,” Francona said. “I mean, we have to physically have a starter. So this is the best way to do it. I mean, this is the only way to do it. There’s no other way around it. We don’t have another starter right now. It’s not that difficult.”
Kluber is 1-3 with a 5.34 ERA in five career regular-season starts against Toronto. However, on Friday in Game 1, he held them to six hits, two walks and two runs while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings.
Sanchez will be making his second career postseason start and the second of this postseason. His previous postseason experience was as a reliever in 2015. Sanchez allowed six runs on three hits and four walks in taking a no-decision against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, a game Toronto won in 10 innings. In the 2015 postseason, he was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 7 1/3 innings over nine games.