In the history of baseball, there has been just one team to come back from an 0-3 deficit in the postseason. That would be our 04′ Boston Red Sox, but here’s the even wilder part: that’s the only time a team down 0-3 in any best-of-seven series has even made it to a game 7.
Which is to say, uh, you should’ve probably won, Cubs.
The Dodgers now have a commanding 3-0 lead in the National League Championship Series, and they did it by sending their deadline prize, Yu Darvish, out to face Kyle Hendricks at Wrigley Field for Game 3. The Dodgers won just one of their three games at Wrigley this season, but that was way back in April before they were one of the hottest teams in baseball history. That record looked good for the Cubs though, right? By all accounts if the Cubbies could depend on anybody, it would be Hendricks and at that, at a rocking Wrigley Field.
Now, the defending World Series champion Cubs are within one game of being eliminated from the playoffs after a 6-1 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday night.
Kyle Schwarber put the hometown team on the board in the first inning, hitting the first pitch he saw from Darvish out to left-center field for a 1-0 lead. It was his first homer this postseason, and it seemed like the Cubs had some life… But the Cubs didn’t score again against Darvish, who allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out seven in 6 and 1/3rds of an inning of work.
Like the rest of the series, it was all Los Angeles the rest of the game. Andre Ethier responded to Schwarber’s homer in the second inning with a solo shot off Hendricks that bounced off the right-field video ribbon and back onto the field to tie it 1-1. Ethier played only a month of the regular season for the Dodgers after recovering from a herniated disk in his back.
For the second time in this series, Dodgers leadoff man Chris Taylor hit a tie-breaking homer. Taylor hit a solo homer 444 feet to center field off Hendricks in the third. In the 5th, Taylor added an RBI triple down the left-field line to push the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1. He drove in Joc Pederson, who led off the inning with a double.
Hendricks put two on base to open the sixth after Yasiel Puig reached on Kris Bryant’s fielding error and Ethier singled. Carl Edwards Jr. came in to pitch in relief and walked Austin Barnes to load the bases. After Pederson flew out to right field for the second out, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts left Darvish in to hit with the bases loaded, and Edwards walked him on four pitches to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.
The Dodgers added a pair of eighth-inning runs, starting when Logan Forsythe scored on a passed ball on the third strike against Charlie Culberson. The ball rolled into the Dodgers dugout as Culberson reached base and Forsythe scored. Another run scored on Kyle Farmer’s sacrifice fly.
Possibly most impressive is the fact that The Cubbies zero-for-26 skid against Dodgers bullpen is longest hitless streak to start a postseason series in MLB history.
So here it is: the Dodgers are one win away from their first World Series appearance since 1988. Or can the Cubs, the All-Time loveable losers and newest champs, do what our boys once did and come back from a 0-3 deficit, to defend their world title?
Tomorrow Jake Arrieta, who was in this spot last Wednesday, is his city’s last hope, takes the mound in possibly his last game as a Cub. He’ll face off against Alex Wood.
Cubs win or go home.