Cubs Game Three Notes For Tuesday at Los Angeles
* The Dodgers earned a split in the first two games of the NLCS after becoming the first team since the 1918 Red Sox to win a postseason game 1-0 at Wrigley Field in Game 2 Sunday night. This is the ninth time Los Angeles is tied 1-1 after two games in a best-of-7 series, and the first time since the 2009 NLCS. The Dodgers are just 2-6 in those previous eight series, with a matching 2-6 record in Game 3.
* The Cubs mustered only two hits in the Game 2 loss, their fewest ever in a postseason game at Wrigley Field and their fewest in any home postseason game since Game 3 of the 1906 World Series. Chicago is knotted at one game apiece through two games in a best-of-7 series for the seventh time, and the first time since the 2003 NLCS. The Cubs have won just two of those previous six series, while losing all six Game 3’s.
* Adrian Gonzalez, batting .429 (3-for-7) with three RBI through the first two games of the NLCS, provided the only offense in Game 2 with a solo home run off Kyle Hendricks. Gonzalez became the first player to homer for the only run in a 1-0 game in the NLCS since Houston’s Glenn Davis in Game 1 of the 1986 NLCS. Gonzalez has now homered in six consecutive postseason series, one shy of the NL record of seven by Jim Edmonds from 2000-04.
* Javier Baez leads the Cubs with nine hits and five runs this postseason, and is the only player on the team with a hit in all six postseason games. Baez is only the third player in Cubs history with a hit in each of the first six games of the postseason, equaling the mark set by Mickey Livingston in 1945 and matched by Moises Alou in 2003.
* Rich Hill has thrown just 7.0 innings in two starts this postseason, allowing five runs but striking out 13. In Game 5 of the NLDS, Hill became the first starter in postseason history with at least six strikeouts in fewer than three innings of work. In three home starts with the Dodgers this season, Hill is 2-1 with a 0.53 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 17.0 innings.
* In four postseason starts over the last two years, Jake Arrieta is 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA and .213 opponent batting average. Arrieta’s strikeouts have come down with each subsequent start, bottoming out at five against the Giants in Game 3 of the NLDS. The last time Arrieta took the mound at Dodger Stadium on August 30, 2015, he threw his first career no-hitter, the first by a visiting player since Kent Mercker of the Braves on April 8, 1994.