Dodgers blank Cubs, take 2-1 lead in NLDS
o Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner homered to back the masterful pitching of Rich Hill as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series.
• Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner homered to back the masterful pitching of Rich Hill as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series.
• Left-handed starter Hill used his sweeping curve ball to baffle Chicago for six scoreless innings as Los Angeles shut out the visiting Cubs for the second game in a row in the best-of-seven series.
• Hill (1-0) allowed just two hits with six strikeouts and two walks to became the only Los Angeles pitcher other than Clayton Kershaw to win a postseason start this month.
• Relievers Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton and closer Kenley Jansen combined for three shutout innings to wrap up the win.
• Game Four is on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
• The Cubs have not scored since the eighth inning of Game One at Wrigley Field on Saturday. Chicago has managed a total of six hits in the past two games.
• Grandal was 1-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs, while Los Angeles rookie shortstop Corey Seager went 3-for-4 with a run-scoring single.
• Turner led off the sixth with a solo home run to chase Chicago Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta and provide the Dodgers with a four-run cushion. Turner, who homered for the second time in the postseason, has reached base in all eight of the Dodgers' playoff games.
• Joc Pederson added an RBI single in the eighth and scored on a Grandal groundout for the game's final runs.
• Arrieta (0-1), who threw a no-hitter the last time he pitched at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 30, 2015, surrendered four runs on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks in five-plus innings.
• Seager's RBI single brought home Andrew Toles for a 1-0 Los Angeles lead with two outs in the third. It was the first run Arrieta yielded in his past 18 innings against the Dodgers.
• In the fourth, Grandal stroked a two-run shot to right-center to make it 3-0. It was the first home run of the postseason for Grandal, who was 2-for-20 in the playoffs before going deep.
• Cubs right-hander John Lackey faces Dodgers rookie left-hander Julio Urias, 20, in Game Four.