NLDS 2: SF vs. CHC — Half postponed, half normal
First, it’s raining buckets in D.C. tonight, so the powers-that-be postponed the Dodgers-Nationals game until tomorrow at 1pm EST. Both teams will then hop on a cross-country plane to play Game 3 in L.A. on Monday.
But it was just a chilly Chicago evening for the Giants-Cubs game to proceed. Honestly, unlike last night, neither starter got much time out of the game, and all the runs were scored very early in the game. Both bullpens had a much better time of keeping the opposing team from doing much of anything, sometimes breezing though an inning in single digit pitches.
In the 1st, the Cubs got on board fist when Fowler scored on Zobrist’s 2-out double. The Giants starter loaded the bases with no outs in the 2nd to give the Cubs an easy advance on Hendricks’ 2-run single and an RBI single by Bryant. They added one more run in the 4th — a 1-out solo shot by Wood. The Giants batters finally broke through in the 3rd with consecutive doubles that scored the first Giants’ run. Belt’s sacrifice fly scored the other Giants’ run of the night.
In comparison to last night’s nail-biter and last-minute run, tonight’s game was rather standard. And now, the game shifts to San Francisco to see if the Giants can win one (or three) this series or be eliminated from further October baseball. But the Giants play well at home in the postseason, and they have a few of their star pitchers coming up on the rotation. This could get really interesting really fast.
Final score: 5-2 Cubs, Cubs lead series 2-0.
Okay, Yankee Universe news: earlier this week, pitchers Anthony Swarzak elected free agency; outfielder Eric Young Jr. was outrighted to AAA Scranton; and the Angels claimed pitchers Kirby Yates and Blake Parker off waivers. And in preparation for next season, the Yankees worked out a deal to bring Larry Rothschild back as the pitching coach for 2017.
And you might remember the funny story about the couple who got engaged and for a few moments thought they lost the ring, but it actually dropped in the cuff of her jeans after the whole section helped them search and then cheered for the newly engaged couple. Well, to follow-up with Andrew and Heather, they made a brief appearance on Ellen (a syndicated daytime talk show hosted by comedian Ellen Degeneres) and were gifted with tickets to a Yankees game for 2017, a personal message from Betances and Gregorius, and $10,000 from Ellen’s team to help with their wedding planning. Congratulations again to Andrew and Heather!