Cubs catcher David Ross tags out Adrian Gonzalez (23) as Gonzalez attempts to score from second base on a Kenta Maeda single in the second inning of the Cubs’ 8-4 win in Game 1 of the NLCS. (Associated Press photo)
CHICAGO — Joe Blanton hung an 0-2 slider to Miguel Montero with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and Montero made the Dodgers pay. His grand slam broke open a 3-3 tie and the Dodgers ultimately lost Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, 8-4. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
The Cubs’ vaunted defense set the tone early in a close game.
What’s the point of pain if the rest of us can’t find delight in the suffering of others, asks columnist Jeff Miller.
Clayton Kershaw will take the ball Sunday for the third time in six days, which he’s never done before. Some notes on that, Tommy Lasorda’s health, and the new-look NLCS roster can be found here.
Here’s what they were saying after the game:
Clayton Kershaw raises his arms after recording the save in Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals on Thursday. Kershaw starts Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday. (Getty Images)
CHICAGO — Clayton Kershaw will start Game 2 of the National League Championship Series for the Dodgers on Sunday, and Rich Hill will start Game 3 on Tuesday in Los Angeles, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Saturday.
“It’s not complicated in the sense that if he feels good, it’s a no-brainer,” Roberts said of Kershaw.
“I feel fine. I feel good. I feel excited,” Kershaw said.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts chats around the batting cage. (Getty Images)
CHICAGO — Here are the lineups for both teams in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series:
Kiké Hernandez had been working out in Arizona before joining the Dodgers for the National League Championship Series. (Getty Images)
CHICAGO — Utility player Kiké Hernández and pitcher Alex Wood were added to the Dodgers’ roster for the National League Championship Series on Saturday. They replace infielder Charlie Culberson and utility player Austin Barnes, and give the Dodgers 12 pitchers and 13 position players for the best-of-seven series.
On Thursday, Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda doused his intepreter, Will Ireton, with beer. On Friday Ireton interpreted Maeda’s thoughts about starting Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. (Getty Images)
CHICAGO — A fairly routine off-day practice at Wrigley Field injected a dash of news on the eve of the National League Championship Series.
Kenta Maeda will start Game 1 for the Dodgers, who will reset their 25-man roster but haven’t said who’s in and who’s out.
Position for position, the Cubs have the advantage on paper. A balanced attack allowed Chicago to win 103 games.
Kenley Jansen‘s Mariano Rivera impersonation might need to continue into the NLCS, writes Mark Whicker.
Here’s more from Maeda prior to the Dodgers’ Friday afternoon workout: