The Chicago Cubs staved off elimination and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.
10:31 p.m. Take a deep breath, Cubs fans: Wade Davis comes into the game and immediately yields a solo home run to Justin Turner. 3-2 game in the top of the eighth inning.
10:25 p.m. Arrieta gives way to Brian Duensing after walking Chris Taylor, but Cody Bellinger pops out to left field to leave the Cubs ahead by two runs.
9:32 p.m. For the second time in the game, Baez goes yard, hitting a second home run into the left field bleachers. 3-1 Cubs, and Alex Wood has been forced from the game.
9:23 p.m. The Cubs continue to hold the lead as Arrieta seems to have found his release point a bit more. He has registered a pair of strikeouts in the last two innings, and induced a double play in the 4th. Still 2-1 Cubs in the bottom of the fifth.
8:57 p.m. In Game 3 of the NLCS, Andre Ethier smacked a home run off the right field video board right after the Cubs took the lead. In Game 4, Cody Bellinger did the honors as he smacked a home run off the same board. Cubs still lead 2-1, however.
8:37 p.m. THIS the Cubs haven’t done yet this series. They scored a second time! This time it’s Javier Baez breaking out of an 0-for-20 slump and hammers a home run down the left field line. 2-0 Cubs.
8:35 p.m. Stop us if you’ve heard this before: the Cubs have an early lead for the fourth time in this series after Willson Contreras blasts a home run. 1-0 Cubs.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Here is tonight's <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cubs?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Cubs</a> lineup.<br><br>NLCS Game 4 preview: <a href=”https://t.co/B1PLkmw2uV”>https://t.co/B1PLkmw2uV</a> <a href=”https://t.co/Siv90cQmzV”>pic.twitter.com/Siv90cQmzV</a></p>— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/920742541116485632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 18, 2017</a></blockquote>
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8:31 p.m. Jake Arrieta has been a little wild at times, allowing three base runners on a walk, hit by pitch, and base hit, but he has struck out four batters to keep the Dodgers at bay.
5:00 p.m. The Chicago Cubs have their backs to the wall as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in a must-win Game 4 battle at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs have only scored four runs so far in their series with the Dodgers, leading to three consecutive losses to open the series. One more defeat will spell the end of the Cubs’ hopes of a repeat, and would send the Dodgers to their first World Series since 1988.
The game could also mark the end of the line for pitcher Jake Arrieta, who is scheduled to become a free agent at season’s end. Arrieta is going to be on the mound for the Cubs in Game 4, and he could be making his final appearance in the team’s uniform as he looks to help the Cubs stave off elimination.
Here is how Joe Maddon lined up his troops behind Arrieta:
Here is tonight’s #Cubs lineup.
NLCS Game 4 preview: https://t.co/B1PLkmw2uVpic.twitter.com/Siv90cQmzV
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) October 18, 2017
The Cubs will go heavily right-handed as they try to tame Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood, who had a 16-3 record this season but hasn’t pitched since late September. Kyle Schwarber is an exception to that rule, as he gets back into the lineup after hitting a first inning home run on Tuesday night.
First pitch is scheduled for 8:01 p.m., and the game can be seen on TBS.
Published at 4:31 PM CDT on Oct 18, 2017 | Updated 1 minute ago