LOS ANGELES – Rich Hill outpitched reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-0 Tuesday night to take a 2-1 NL Championship Series lead.
After winning a big league-high 103 games during the regular season and sparking belief they could win the World Series for the first time since 1908, the Cubs have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time this year, managing just six hits – five of them singles.
Hill gave up two hits in six innings, struck out six and walked two. Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton and Kenley Jansen finished, giving the Dodgers consecutive postseason shutouts for the first time.
Jose Urias starts Game 4 for the Dodgers today and at 20 years, 68 days will become the youngest starting pitcher in postseason history. John Lackey starts for the Cubs.
Urias made his highly anticipated big league debut May 27 in New York against the Mets. At the time, he was 19 and the second teenager to start in the majors this century, joining Felix Hernandez who debuted at the same age in 2005.
Urias made 15 starts for Los Angeles before finishing the regular season at Triple-A. He’s had four stints with the Dodgers in his first season, and Los Angeles has limited him to 16 innings since Sept. 1.
"That’s how it’s been all year. The decision has been the team’s," he said. "The only thing that’s important is to be in the mentality of go out there, do my job, and that’s really what matters."
Now, he’ll face off against the veteran Lackey, who leads all active pitchers with 21 postseason starts, going 8-5 with a 3.22 ERA.
Urias made two starts against the Cubs this season.
"That really helps," he said. "It makes me a lot more comfortable, especially being that the second time was here at home. I go in with that mentality and try to give the best."