Josh Reddick led off with a fly ball that approached the warning track in right-center. The Cubs’ Dexter Fowler and Jorge Soler collided in pursuit of it, but Fowler secured the ball. Next, Joc Pederson struck out swinging and Yasmani Grandal struck out looking. Onto the third inning.
Rich Hill’s second inning did not go as well as his first. He began it by walking Anthony Rizzo, then threw consecutive balls to Javier Baez. He did get Baez to pop up on a 3-and-2 count, but then walked Jorge Soler while Rizzo stole second base.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal walked to the mound, presumably to give Hill a new set of signs. Grandal told The Times after the Dodgers’ Game 2 victory that he was “paranoid” about the Cubs stealing signs from second base. Grandal then let a pitch pass him by for a passed ball, as both Cub runners advanced. Addison Russell soon struck out.
Chase Utley took four consecutive pitches from Jake Arrieta to begin the Dodgers’ half of this ballgame. The count at 2-and-2, Utley swung at the fifth and fouled it off. He then grounded the sixth to second base for an easy out. Corey Seager subsequently snapped an Arrieta fastball into left field for a single.
It was Seager’s fifth hit in his eight at-bats that began his playoff games this month. Justin Turner popped up a 2-and-0 fastball to Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, Adrian Gonzalez soon flew out to right, and Arrieta escaped the inning.
Rich Hill required only 11 pitches to work his way out of the first inning this evening. He induced a lazy flyout from Dexter Fowler, struck out Kris Bryant looking on a middle-middle fastball, and then induced a standard-issue flyout from Ben Zobrist. He relied primarily on his fastball in this inning. It’ll be compelling to see when he begins to work in the curveball on which he depends.