First base umpire Ted Barrett calls Dexter Fowler safe, having beaten a footrace with Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (right), after pitcher Pedro Baez (foreground) failed to cover the bag. (Stephen Carr/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers will fly to Chicago tomorrow needing two wins to save their season
, having lost Game 4 of the National League Championship Series 8-4 to the Chicago Cubs
The photo gallery is here.
The box score is here.
Joe Blanton found himself on the wrong side of a game-altering home run for the second time in the series.
The Cubs got the start they needed from postseason ace Jon Lester. The Dodgers tried to give Lester a long night on the basepaths. For the most part, it didn’t work.
Speaking of unusual playoff tactics: The Dodgers’ organist provided the soundtrack to the Cubs’ batting practice.
Prior to Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, Guillermo from Jimmy Kimmel Live was at Dodger Stadium to talk to the Dodgers and Cubs players. The segment airs tonight at 11:35 Pacific Time on ABC.
Live blog and chat from NLCS Game 5: Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers, 5:05 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20. (FS1)
Elana Morales polishes the giant Tommy Lasorda replica championship ring at Dodger Stadium before the start of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. (Stephen Carr/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers are facing Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester today for the second time in less than a week. Manager Dave Roberts brought back the same starting nine from Game 1, but shook up the batting order.
Carlos Ruiz is batting cleanup for the first time since May. Adrian Gonzalez is batting sixth for the first time since June 16, 2012 — when he started in right field for the Boston Red Sox.
“It’s the same eight guys, but as far as where to put guys, it’s a little bit of a Lester thing, a little bit of a left-handed thing,” Roberts said. “Four-five-six, there’s going to be some opportunities there. Those three guys, I feel good to drive in a run.”
Here are the complete lineups for both teams:
Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez calls out Adrian Gonzalez (right) at home plate after Willson Contreras (left) tagged him in the second inning of the Dodgers’ 10-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
The Chicago Cubs, scoreless in Games 2 and 3 of the National League Championship Series, unloaded on the hapless Dodgers in a 10-2 win in Game 4.
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Cubs starter John Lackey, 38, got the better of 20-year-old Julio Urias, writes Mark Whicker. Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell keyed the Cubs’ attack. The Cubs reminded the Dodgers how quickly things can change, writes columnist Jeff Miller.
Adrian Gonzalez criticized MLB’s replay system after he was called out at home plate in the second inning.
MLB’s director of umpires says accusations of balks — like those lobbied toward Clayton Kershaw and Urias — come with the territory.
Here’s more from Gonzalez after the game: