Jake Arrieta keeps L.A. under control and Wade Davis gets a six-out save for Chicago, which wins its first game of the series. Game 5 is Thursday at 5 p.m. PT.

Dodgers lose to Cubs 3-2, still have 3-1 NLCS lead

Top of the ninth.

Austin Barnes struck out looking.

Chris Taylor, after falling behind 0-2, walked.

Cody Bellinger grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.

On to Game 5.

City Hall is feeling Dodger blue

Cubs strand two in the bottom of the eighth

Austin Barnes at catcher. Tony Cingrani pitching.

Jon Jay was hit by a pitch.

Wade Davis struck out looking after fouling off about five pitches.

Albert Almora singled to left. First and second, one out.

Jason Heyward grounded to second. Taylor was late covering the bag, so they couldn't turn the double play.

And that's it for Tony Cingrani. Josh Fields coming into the game to face Kris Bryant.

Bryant grounded to second.



Justin Turner's homer brings Dodgers within 3-2 in the top of the eighth

Top of the eighth. Wade Davis pitching, as Joe Maddon asks him to get a six-out save.

Justin Turner homered to DEEP left. And the Wrigley Field crowd got very quiet.

Yasiel Puig walked.

Andre Ethier popped to third.

Curtis Granderson struck out swinging for his fourth strikeout of the night. But wait, Granderson and Dave Roberts got mad and said he fouled it off. The umpires got together and chaged their mind. Joe Maddon was irate, and rightfully so, because it wasn't fouled. The umps kicked Maddon out of the game. Granderson gets new life at the plate.

And Granderson struck out again anyway. 

Yasmani Grandal walked. First and second, two out. Chase Utley batting.

Utley stuck out swinging.

Tough night for Granderson and Utley.



Cubs go in order in seventh inning

Bottom of seventh. Kenta Maeda pitching.

Willson Contreras struck out swinging.

Addison Russell grounded to short.

Javier Baez flied to deep left-center.


Dodgers strand two in the top of the seventh

Top of the seventh. Jason Heyward in at right field. Kyle Schwarber if out of the game.

Yasmani Grandal walked on four pitches.

Chase Utley struck out swinging.

Joc Pederson, hitting for Tony Watson, hit a tapper in front of the plate. Contreras threw Grandal out at second, but ball was hit too slowly for them to turn the double play.

With Chris Taylor batting, Pederson took second on a wild pitch.

Taylor walked. First and second, two out.

And that's it for Jake Arrieta, who gets a huge ovation as he walks off the field. The crowd groaned when Joe Maddon came out to get him. They do not want to see the bullpen.

Left-hander Brian Duensing in to face Cody Bellinger.

Bellinger flied to left. Jon Jay and Addison Russell almost ran into each other and Jay had to go to his knees to make the catch.


Cubs fans wouldn't mind Rolando Cuevas getting the 'L' out of here

Rolando Cuevas (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)
Rolando Cuevas (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)

Rolando Cuevas, of Boyle Heights, stood outside Wrigley Field, posing for photos in front of a Cubs Win flag with its giant W.

But he held up a small flag of his own. It had an L.

"This is for 'lose' because we're going to sweep tonight," he said. "I know it. I called the Dodgers Gods."

For Cuevas, 45, seeing games at Wrigley Field was on his bucket list. He saw his first game here Tuesday night.

"I was like a kid at Disneyland, taking photos of everything. 

"There's so much tradition. It's like a living museum. You can feel the American baseball spirit in this field.

Cuevas said the Cubs fans have been so friendly that he didn't want to tease them too much. Even they got a laugh out of his L flag.

As he posed for a photo, a woman in Cubs gear stopped and did just that. 

"Awwww," she said, grinning.

Nearby, Chicago sports radio show hosts did a live broadcast. There was a table of Dodgers fans in front of them.

"They deserve to be here too," one said. 

Cuevas said Los Angeles will go nuts if the Dodgers go to the World Series. He sure will.

"The mayor should call a state of emergency because everyone's going to lose their minds," he said. "So many people have suffered with the Dodgers for so long."

Cubs are retired in order in bottom of the sixth

Kyle Schwarber grounded into the shift. Justin Turner, playing where the second baseman normally plays, threw him out.

Kris Bryant struck out swinging.

And that's it for Ross Stripling. Tony Watson is coming in to face Anthony Rizzo.

Rizzo struck out swinging. The ball hit him, but it doesn't matter since he swung at the ball.


Dodgers still trail, 3-1, after top of sixth

Top of the sixth.

Justin Turner singled to left.

Yasiel Puig grounded to the pitcher. Arrieta threw it high to second. Baez jumped to catch it, forced Turner but couldn't throw to first to complete the double play.

Andre Ethier struck out swinging. Seven strikeouts for Arrieta.

Curtis Granderson struck out swinging. He has struck out three times tonight.  

Cubs take 3-1 lead on Javier Baez's second homer of game

Bottom of the fifth.

Addison Russell struck out looking.

Javier Baez homered, his second of the game. 3-1 Cubs.

Jon Jay struck out looking.

Jake Arrieta singled to left.

And that's it for Alex Wood. Ross Stripling coming in.

Albert Almora grounded to the pitcher.




This just proves that parents are smarter than their kids

Norm and Brittany Alleman. (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)
Norm and Brittany Alleman. (Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)

Norm Alleman of Toluca, Ill., doesn't know how he failed so badly as a parent.

His daughter, Brittany, is, of all things, a Cubs fan.

"We want to win," said Alleman, wearing a Dodgers jersey at Wrigley Field.

"WE want to win," said Brittany, sporting a Cubs jersey.

"I hope the Cubs can pull it off tonight," she said.

"I wish I could bring a broom," said her father.

He shrugged his shoulders.

"I raised her improperly."

Alleman, 61, has been a Dodgers fan since he was a kid. Growing up in central Illinois, he got tired of hearing Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals fans squabbling, so he started rooting for Los Angeles.

As a kid, he'd hide under the covers, listening to Vin Scully on the radio, keeping score with a flashlight.

It's probably good there was no ESPN or Internet back then and that the radio signal was sometimes bad because he probably would have flunked out of school watching ballgames, he said.

Brittany Alleman, 31, shares a birthday with a cousin who convinced her to become a Cubs fan as a kid. 

Asked how he took his daughter's betrayal, Alleman said: "Very badly."

Adding insult to injury, he said, his son eventually moved to Chicago and became a Cubs fan himself.

"My wife and I are the only ones left," he said. "If I croaked, she'd probably become a Cubs fan just to be with them."

He said he was feeling confident about Wednesday's game. All the Cubs fans he talked to were not.

His daughter laughed. She had bought him the tickets for his birthday. It was his first Postseason game.

If the Cubs are swept?

"You can't win them all," she said. 

Dodgers still trail, 2-1, after top of fifth

Top of fifth.

Alex Wood tried to bunt for a hit. Wood thought he was safe. Umpires reviewed, but he was out.

Bad challenge by Roberts.

Chris Taylor struck out swinging and was thrown out at first when the ball got away from Contreras.

Cody Bellinger lined to short.


Cubs retired in order in bottom of fourth

Kris Bryant grounded to short.

Anthony Rizzo struck out.

Willson Contreras grounded to short. Ball was deflected by Wood, and Taylor had to change directions, making a nice play.


Dodgers don't score in top of fourth

Curtis Granderson struck out swining.

Yasmani Grandal walked.

Chase Utley grounded into a 3-6 double play.


Cubs retired in order in bottom of third

Bottom of third.

Jake Arrieta struck out looking. Four strikeouts for Alex Wood.

I hate the in-game interviews.

Albert Almora grounded to third.

Kyle Schwarber grounded to first.


Dick's Sporting Goods jumping the gun a bit on Dodgers NL champions gear

It came in email boxes early today:

"Pending a Dodgers win tonight in the National League Championship Series, a number of Dicks's Sporting Goods stores will extend hours tonight and Thursday morning to allow customers a chance to get their hands on championship gear!"

Really Dick's? Have you never heard of jinxing something? If the Dodgers lose tonight, and heaven forbid, lose the series, we all know who to blame.


Cody Bellinger homers in top of third to cut Cubs' lead to 2-1

Cody Bellinger hits a solo homerun to rightfield. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Cody Bellinger hits a solo homerun to rightfield. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Remember Dodgers fans, the Cubs scored first in each of the first three games and still lost.

Top of third.

Chris Taylor flied to left.

Cody Bellinger homered to right. 2-1 Cubs.

Justin Turner walked.

Yasiel Puig popped to third.

Andre Ethier lined to second.



Cubs take 2-0 lead on homers by Willson Contreras and Javier Baez

Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood gives up a solo home run to Cubs Wilson Contreras in the 2nd inning. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood gives up a solo home run to Cubs Wilson Contreras in the 2nd inning. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Bottom of second.

Anthony Rizzo strikes out swinging.

Willson Contreras homered to DEEP left. 1-0 Cubs.

Addison Russell struck out swinging.

Javier Baez homered to left.

Jon Jay struck out swinging.



Dodgers go down quietly in top of second

Top of the second.

Curtis Granderson struck out looking.

Yasmani Grandal grounded to first.

Chase Utley was hit by a pitch.

Alex Wood struck out swinging. Arrieta looks really good tonight.


Cubs go down in order in bottom of first

Bottom of the first. Alex Wood pitching. He hasn't pitched since about 1986.

Albert Almora flied to center.

With the shift on, Kyle Schwarber lined the other way right at Chris Taylor.

Kris Bryant, who says he is very tired, flied to left.


Alex Wood throws in the first inning. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Alex Wood throws in the first inning. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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