Dodgers sweep D’backs, Astros oust Red Sox, Yanks top Tribe to tie series:
By Sam Bush
The Chicago Cubs survived four errors, a baserunning gaffe and a dominant outing by Max Scherzer to post a 2-1 come-from-behind victory on Anthony Rizzo’s tie-breaking bloop RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning.
The win gives Chicago a two games to one lead over the Nationals in the NLDS with game 4 today at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
“It’s just an attitude, an attitude we’ve had on this team since I came up,” Kyle Schwarber told MLB.com of the Cubs’ mantra. “I remember in ’15, we had the same attitude — we’re not going to quit — and we’d just got swept in the [NL Championship Series]. We’re not going to quit.”
When a best-of-five series is tied at 1-1, the winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the series 75 percent of the time (36 of 48 times).
Scherzer held the Cubs hitless over 6 1/3 innings and striking out seven. But the first and only hit off him was a one-out double to Ben Zobrist in the seventh, and he was then pulled after a long conversation on the mound with manager Dusty Baker.
“Well, it was very difficult, but we thought Max had had enough, especially coming off the injury, and Schwarber is a dangerous man,” said Baker. “I probably couldn’t live with myself if Schwarber had hit one out of the park, which he’s dangerous [enough] to do.”
Scherzer added: “When they made that decision, I wasn’t going to override anybody. These are pressure-packed situations. They’ve done their homework, and they’ve done their job to come up with the best scenario in that situation.”