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Bellinger, Dodgers beat D-backs 3-1 to return to NLCS

Bellinger, Dodgers beat D-backs 3-1 to return to NLCS

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo hits an RBI single during the eighth inning of Game 3 of the National League Division Series baseball game against the Washington Nationals Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Chicago.

The game is slated to begin at 4:08 p.m. ET Wednesday at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Quintana has overall done very well in a Cubs uniform so far.

"Being around this team for long enough, this is where we expect to be", ace Clayton Kershaw said.

Baker chose to pull Brandon Kintzler in favor of lefty Oliver Perez and pitch to Rizzo, who promptly blooped a single into left-center to drive in the go-ahead run. "(I will) just to try and remember as much as I can about these last couple weeks - if it's my last time in this uniform". No one wants to make a mistake.

Yasiel Puig had three hits and drove in two runs, Austin Barnes added a key two-run double and the Los Angeles Dodgers used another relentless offensive performance to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 on Saturday night for a 2-0 lead in their NL division series. That led to some uncertainty about whether they would retain a manager they inherited when they took over. He no-hit the Cubs for six and one third innings before second baseman Ben Zobrist hit a double to left field. Arrieta said his goal will be to pitch as deep into the game as possible.

I wouldn't have predicted that the Dusty Baker angle has been a touch underplayed for this series.

Brandon Kintzler got Kris Bryant to chase a fastball down and away for the second out in the bottom of the eighth inning.

"We know that having our home crowd behind us at Wrigley (is important)", Zobrist said.

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Max Scherzer pitching in game three does not help at all with the Cubs struggles at the plate. The Cubs will send #Jose Quintana to the mound to face reigning #Cy Young victor Max Scherzer. His effort came after Chicago didn't collect a hit off Stephen Strasburg for 5 2/3 innings in the series opener - a 3-0 Cubs victory.

Arrieta dropped his only decision against the Nationals this year and is 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA in nine career starts against Washington. Reliever Pedro Strop allowed a double to Ryan Zimmerman, which put Washington out in front 1-0.

The Chicago Cubs have come into the playoffs as an underdog to win it all. He's only faced the Cubs once this season but has posted a 2.84 ERA while giving up two earned runs in 6.1 innings of work. But you just focus on throwing the ball well.

After Ketel Marte's first-inning bunt single, Darvish sent down 13 in a row before Descalso hit his second homer of the series.

However, that has all changed now and he will be hoping to lead the Cubs to a win that would move them to just one more victory from claiming this series. Quintana pitched well. Jon Jay and Jason Heyward made great plays in the outfield.

The first run of the game was set up after Daniel Murphy reached third base on two Kyle Schwarber errors in the sixth with two outs. "But at the end of the day, you'll always take that effort, always".

With a win on Monday, the Cubs sit firmly in the driver's seat to take this best-of-five series against the Nationals.

They hope to clinch the series Tuesday when Jake Arrieta, making his first start since September 26 because of lingering discomfort in his right hamstring, opposes Tanner Roark. Most times Rendon easily makes the play or the ball would have gone harmlessly foul.

"We got it done because our pitching was so good, quite frankly", Joe Maddon said.

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