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Dodgers-Cubs NLCS Game 3: In Real Life

October 17, 2017

The Dodgers beat the Cubs, 6-1, in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World. Los Angeles now holds a 3-0 series lead. We were on the scene in and around Wrigley Field.12:40 a.m. ET: Closing timeKenley Jansen struck out Ian Happ swinging to secure the

The Dodgers beat the Cubs, 6-1, in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World. Los Angeles now holds a 3-0 series lead. We were on the scene in and around Wrigley Field.
12:40 a.m. ET: Closing time
Kenley Jansen struck out Ian Happ swinging to secure the victory and move the Dodgers one win away from their first Fall Classic since 1988.

12:20 a.m. ET: All eyes on Puig

11:36 p.m. ET: Seventh-inning stretch
Former Cubs Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood led Wrigley Field in a rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."

11:09 p.m. ET: #PitchersWhoTake
A bizarre top of the sixth inning saw the Cubs avoid a game-breaking rally but still cave for a run when C.J. Edwards walked pitcher Yu Darvish with the bases loaded.
After the first two men reached against Kyle Hendricks on a Kristopher Bryant error and an Andre Ethier hit, the Cubs turned to Edwards, who walked Austin Barnes with one out to load the bases. The next batter, Joc Pederson, lifted a fly ball to right field, where Jason Heyward uncorked a strong throw to prevent Yasiel Puig from attempting to score. But whatever good vibes the Cubs gained from that play evaporated moments later, when Edwards walked Darvish on four pitches to force in a run.
It marked the first bases-loaded walk of a pitcher in the postseason since 1977, when the Dodgers' Burt Hooton walked the Phillies' Larry Christenson in NLCS Game 3. It is the seventh time it has happened overall. More >

10:32 p.m. ET: There go that man again
The Dodgers tacked on a run in the fifth on Taylor's RBI triple to take a 3-1 lead. They could've easily had more. One batter later, Anthony Rizzo nabbed Taylor -- who was running on contact -- at the plate on Cody Bellinger's grounder to first. Hendricks, who needed 75 pitches to get through five innings, escaped the threat by inducing a Justin Turner flyout to right.

10:27 p.m. ET: Civic pride

9:44 p.m. ET: Mighty blow
The wind is blowing out at Wrigley Field, and Taylor is the latest to capitalize. The Dodgers' shortstop smashed a 3-1 fastball from Hendricks a Statcast-projected 444 feet -- the longest homer so far this postseason -- to the batter's eye in center field to give L.A. a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Taylor has added serious power to his game since making an offseason swing tweak to get the ball in the air more. He hit 21 dingers during the regular season and now has two in the NLCS -- one more than he had in his first three big league seasons combined.

9:27 p.m. ET: Welcome back
Ethier moved into a tie for second place in Dodgers history by playing in his 45th postseason game. He celebrated in style -- with a rocket home run to the right-field scoreboard area -- to tie the game at 1 in the second. He drew a walk in his other plate appearance this postseason against the D-backs. Ethier got the start on Tuesday mostly because the Dodgers favored his bat against Hendricks (who got through the rest of the frame unscathed). It didn't take long for the move to pay off.

9:14 p.m. ET: Going, going, gone
The Wrigley Field bleachers began rocking in the first inning, when Kyle Schwarber deposited Darvish's third pitch, a 90-mph fastball, a Statcast-projected 408 feet over the wall in left-center field to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.

Starting against Clayton Kershaw in Game 1, Schwarber finished 0-for-3, then sat versus fellow left-hander Rich Hill in Game 2. This was just his second plate appearance of the series against a right-hander and Schwarber -- who hit 27 of his 30 regular-season home runs against righties -- took advantage of the matchup.
The solo shot gave the Cubs the lead for the third consecutive NLCS game, though they were unable to hold onto the previous two. More >

8:02 p.m. ET: Play ball!
Hendricks livered the opening pitch of Game 3 to Taylor, following pregame festivities that included a ceremonial first pitch from 1998 National League Rookie of the Year Award winner Kerry Wood. Many fans began pouring into Wrigley Field as soon as the Yankees finished off their 6-4 American League Championship Series Game 4 win over the Astros, which was being shown on a big screen outside the park in Wrigleyville.
With a well-rested bullpen, the Cubs don't necessarily need length out of Hendricks. But they do need a strong outing from the right-hander, who is starting his Major League-leading 10th postseason game since 2015.

8:54 p.m. ET: Bring 'em out

7:59 p.m. ET: Mic'd up
Andrew Belleson, the public address announcer at Wrigley Field, readies for Game 3.

7:39 p.m. ET: #CodyCrush
Bellinger takes some hacks during batting practice.

6:55 p.m. ET: Familiar face
For the first time this postseason, Ethier is in the Dodgers' starting lineup. The 12-year veteran will play left field and bat fifth. For Ethier, it marks his 45th career postseason game, tying him for second most in franchise history. He's four shy of Bill Russell's Dodgers record. Among active players, only Buster Posey, Yadier Molina and Dustin Pedroia have played in more postseason games with their current clubs. Ethier wouldn't mind joining that trio with a ring of his own.

6:51 p.m. ET: Warming up
Puig and Turner play catch before batting practice.

6:50 p.m. ET: All quiet on the western front

6:39 p.m. ET: Filling up
A renovated Wrigleyville is relatively calm in advance of Game 3.

6:08 p.m. ET: Behind enemy lines
Cubs manager Joe Maddon and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda catch up during batting practice.

5:47 p.m. ET: Dynamic pricing
Need to quench your thirst? It might cost you more depending on your allegiance.

5:39 p.m. ET: Famous support
Mario Lopez reps the Dodgers on the Los Angeles set of "Extra."

5:23 p.m. ET: Home sweet home

5:08 p.m. ET: Dodgers switch it up
The Dodgers announced their lineup, with Ethier and Pederson getting their first starts.

4:55 p.m. ET: Early bird gets the worm
Fans begin to form the bleacher line on Waveland Avenue.

4:42 p.m. ET: In Hendricks we trust
A sign outside Murphy's Bleachers has faith that Hendricks will outduel Darvish.

4:07 p.m. ET: Line 'em up
The Cubs announced their starting lineup for Game 3 about five hours before first pitch. More >

3:48 p.m. ET: The Windy City
It's unseasonably warm for October. Pitchers may not want to look at the flags because the wind is blowing out of the southwest, which usually favors hitters. The wind blew out for 16 Cubs home games this season, resulting in an average of 13.4 runs per game. When the wind blows in, teams have averaged 8.4 runs per game.