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.
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:
Yu Darvish: 1st pitcher to be walked with bases loaded in postseason game since Larry Christenson for Phillies vs LAD in Game 3 of 1977 NLCS
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 18, 2017
Here’s a sad but funny factoid that has nothing to do with the Cubs:
Congrats to Yu Darvish for tying Mike Trout in career post-season RBI.
— Max Rieper (@maxrieper) October 18, 2017
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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