NLCS: Puig sparks Dodgers

Lynette Rowe
October 16, 2017

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo reacts after getting hit by a pitch during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

The victor of the series will play either the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees for the major league crown.

He'll start Game 1 on Saturday against the Cubs as the series opens in Los Angeles this time.

Quintana stayed in Albuquerque on Friday with his wife, Michel, who fell ill during the Cubs' cross-country flight after eliminating Washington on Thursday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before Game 1 on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But they managed fine without him, with homers from Puig and Chris Taylor.

In the ninth inning, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen hit Anthony Rizzo with a pitch to put a runner on first base with one down, snapping a string of 7.1 consecutive flawless innings by the Dodgers bullpen in the first two games.

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The Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks to reach the NLCS, while the Cubs beat the Nationals in five games.

Quintana started Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday, pitching stellar two-hit ball into the sixth inning. Just got to do it in the game as opposed to on the side. "As a human being, you're concerned for other human beings, so I thought our guys were wonderful the way we handled the entire situation". This will be the third consecutive NLCS trip for the Cubs.

"Nobody complained", Maddon said.

Those in Cleveland might still be a little sour at the Cubs considering the team was dumped from the playoff this year after losing another two-game series lead in the American League Division Series to the Yankees. Chicago has totaled just three runs in the first two games of the NLCS, and all three have been scored via their two home runs. This is a 104-win team that has yet to lose a game in the postseason. We were also down in the World Series.

If the Cubs' offense doesn't come alive in a big way in Chicago, there will be no repeat in 2017.

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