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  • 21 August 2019
    导出博客文章LOS ANGELES -- Rich Hill never strayed from his mindset of pitching in the
    moment, even when he was far from the major leagues playing independent ball
    with the Long Island Ducks.Convinced there would be another opportunity to get
    back to the big leagues, he focused on executing pitches without worrying about
    his current circumstances.Fourteen months later, Hill allowed two hits over six
    innings to beat Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs 6-0
    Tuesday, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 NL Championship Series lead.Its
    the biggest game of my career, Hill said. Its just putting in the work, putting
    in the time, having a routine, persevere, all those things that you can say to
    sum up some kind of endurance or resiliency. For me, thats all Ive ever known is
    just work.Rookie Corey Seager had three hits, including a go-ahead single in the
    third, and Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer in the fourth.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 since May 2014, managing just six hits
    -- five of them singles. Their 18 straight scoreless innings mark the longest
    postseason drought in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports
    Bureau.More than anything, I think we need to get a couple runs and hits and
    runs early to try to get that kind of feeling back, Cubs manager Joe Maddon
    said, because, obviously, when youre not scoring any runs, it makes it even more
    difficult in the dugout.Hill, who made two starts in the independent Atlantic
    League in August 2015 before signing a minor league deal with Boston , struck
    out six and walked two. Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton and Kenley Jansen finished.
    Playing their 200th postseason game, the Dodgers posted consecutive shutouts for
    the first time.Julio Urias starts Game 4 for the Dodgers on Wednesday and at 20
    years, 68 days will become the youngest starting pitcher in postseason history.
    John Lackey starts for the Cubs.Hes not scared of the moment, Seager said of
    Urias. Hes not scared of anything.Hill was acquired from Oakland along with Josh
    Reddick at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. The 36-year-old left-hander struggled with
    a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand that landed him on the
    disabled list from mid-July to late August. The blister still bothered him in
    the final weeks of the regular season, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled
    him after seven perfect innings against Miami on Sept. 10, saying the team had
    to keep its focus on bigger goals in October.Hill was strong from the start
    against one of his former teams, retiring the side to open the game and later
    eight in a row. Hes given up one run in 23 innings over four home starts for the
    Dodgers, lowering his ERA to 0.39.When hes got that attitude out there, you can
    tell, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. Thats when you know hes
    rolling, that his pitches are working, and hes doing what he wants to do out
    there.Seagers go-ahead single ended an 0-for-15 slide with runners in scoring
    position in postseason play.Grandal was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts against
    Arrieta in his career before he launched a 3-2 pitch into the right-field
    pavilion in the fourth for a 3-0 lead. Grandal drove in Reddick, who singled and
    stole second and third.Hes been so good for the last couple years just because
    he doesnt give in, Grandal said of Arrieta. He still made a really good pitch
    down in the zone. I was just lucky to put a swing on it and hit it out.Justin
    Turner homered on the first pitch leading off the sixth to chase Arrieta, who
    gave up four runs and six hits in five innings. He dominated the Dodgers in his
    previous two starts against them, including a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium on
    Aug. 30, 2015. Los Angeles had gone 2 for 51 against him in two games.Its hard
    to go out there and pitch when your team is not scoring, so you try to be
    perfect. You cant make any mistakes. If you give up one run, that can be it,
    Cubs catcher Miguel Montero said. He had one of his best stuff all year, to be
    honest.Joc Pederson doubled in a run in the eighth and Grandal hit a run-scoring
    groundout .Maddon moved struggling Anthony Rizzo from third to the cleanup spot,
    and his broken-bat infield hit in the ninth made him 2 for 26 in the postseason.
    Addison Russell, dropped from fifth to seventh, is 1 for 24. Jason Heyward
    struck out as a pinch hitter and is 2 for 19.Chicagos 3-4-5 hitters went 1 for
    11 in the game and are 2 for 32 in the series without an RBI.Dexter Fowlers
    two-out double in the eighth provided the Cubs first extra-base hit since their
    8-4 win in the opener.Theres no doubt here, third baseman Kris Bryant said. We
    certainly have all the belief in the world. Its a powerful thing when you
    believe.With a win Wednesday, the Dodgers could try to finish the series at
    home.These guys won 100-some games. Theyve got the talent, so you cant think
    ahead, Grandal said. If you think ahead, thats when bad things happen.SHUTOUT
    BLUESFour of Chicagos eight shutouts this year have been against the
    Dodgers.KERSHAWRoberts hasnt ruled out turning to Clayton Kershaw to pitch on
    three days rest in Game 5 on Thursday.Los Angeles has announced rookie Kenta
    Maeda as its starter. Hes given up seven earned runs in a combined seven innings
    of his two postseason starts.In last weeks five-game Division Series against
    Washington, Kershaw pitched in all three wins. He started Game 1 and Game 4, on
    three days rest and got his first big league save in Game 5.The series
    circumstances will kind of dictate what decision we make, Roberts said Tuesday.
    Clayton feels good after Game 2. Hes prepared for anything that we have for him.
    Hes shown the ability to adjust his routine or regimen for whatever is best for
    our club.UP NEXTLackey is 8-5 with a 3.22 ERA in 24 postseason appearances.
    Urias will be the third consecutive left-hander to start for the Dodgers. He
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