It was a rough night for the Chicago Cubs’ offense facing off against arguably the best pitcher in baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw, as he prevented them from scoring a single run. The Dodgers evened up the National League Championship with an intense defensive battle that ended with a score of 1-0 in their favor. The National League Championship Series is tied at one game a piece with it now going to Los Angeles to complete the next three contests. With Kershaw making his third appearance in just six days, fatigue wasn’t a factor at all in the three-time Cy Young award winner’s dominance over the Cubbies.
Through the first four innings, the lefty had thrown just 40 pitches and looked as commanding as ever on the mount. After having completed two outs in the fifth inning, Kershaw allowed his first baserunner when Javier Baez hit a line drive single to center field. In the seven innings that he inhabited the pitcher’s mound, he was as efficient as ever, striking out six and walking one in a mere 84 pitches. The lone run for the Dodgers came from a home run that cleared the fence in left-center by Adrian Gonzalez on a pitch from National League ERA (Earned Runs Average) champion Kyle Hendricks.
The series continues on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, where reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta will take the mound for Chicago. His last appearance at Dodger Stadium concluded in a no-hitter for the pitcher, who struck out twelve and walked just one in the impressive outing.