This unfortunate stat shows just how bad the Cubs were in Game 3

Among the things you never want to see in a playoff baseball game, walking the opposing pitcher with the bases loaded ranks right up there with home-run bouncing off an outfielder’s head.

But that’s just what happened to the Chicago Cubs in their 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday night. It was Bubba Sparxxx ugly. Daphne and Celeste ugly.

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. reacts after walking Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yu Darvish during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s National League Championship Series, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

This wasn’t what did in the Cubs, but it might have been the saddest moment of the whole night: Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. was in the game in the sixth. He got to two outs with the bases loaded and Darvish at the plate. Darvish had one career hit in 20 plate appearances, so that matchup seemed completely in the Cubs’ favor, right?

Wrong. Darvish walked on four pitches, giving the Dodgers their fourth run. When was the last time that happened? Oh, just 40 years ago:


Here’s a sad but funny factoid that has nothing to do with the Cubs:


Sorry to drag you into this, Mike Trout. But that’s a fun one. As for the Cubs, this pretty much sums up the main difference in the series so far.

The Dodgers bullpen has allowed two hits and no runs in this series. The Cubs bulllpen? Well, just a tad more: 11 hits and eight runs. Walking the pitcher with the bases loaded sure doesn’t help.

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