Javier Baez Snaps Postseason Slump, Helps Save Cubs' Season

Javier Baez Snaps Postseason Slump, Helps Save Cubs' Season

The Cubs got on the board first, but in Game 4 they found support through Jake Arrieta and the bullpen to maintain their lead for the first time in the series. But the Dodgers have the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Yu Darvish looming as they look to clinch their first Fall Classic appearance in 29 years.

"I've just been struggling a lot this series and the series before".

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

And after walking Yasmani Grandal to put runners on first and second, Davis struck out Chase Utley, who is hitless in his last 24 post-season at-bats. The situation wasn't improved by a terrible call by the umpires on a swinging third strike by Curtis Granderson that was inexplicably deemed a foul tip on review, prompting an irate Maddon to storm out of the dugout, expletives flying, and get tossed.

If this was Wade Davis' final appearance as a Cub as Wrigley Field, he gave everyone plenty to remember.

"I was trying not to get involved in it emotionally", Davis said, after being forced to wait through Maddon's eruption. But the hope for Chicago has to be that Wednesday's power display can get Contreras and Baez on track-and maybe provide some momentum for the rest of the lineup. "But I think if we get back on track, everybody as a team, we're going to be the best again".

Willson Contreras mashed an absurd dinger off the Wrigley Field videoboard that was estimated at a distance of 491 freakin' feet to give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead. An offense that destroyed all comers in 2016 and came alive after this year's All-Star break has slumbered through the postseason, hitting its nadir in the NLCS.


No Cubs player had hit two in a playoff game since Alex Gonzalez went deep twice in Game 2 of the 2003 NLCS against Miami.

"Hopefully, it's not a goodbye, it's a thank you, obviously, " Arrieta said.

Arrieta turns 32 in March and figures to land a huge deal in free agency. Brian Duensing entered to face Bellinger-who represented the go-ahead run-and induced a fly out to end the frame and ensure Arrieta finished with an impressive stat line.

"Man, just the walks", he said.

Limited by a right hamstring injury in the final month of the season, he threw 111 pitches.

- A retired South Gate Police officer who went viral this week after catching Justin Turner's game-winning home run ball will be in the stands for Wednesday night's game between the Dodgers and the Cubs. The flashy second baseman did not start for the Cubs in Game 3.

Maddon said Davis would not be available on Thursday.

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