Julio Urias gave up four runs in less than four innings and the Cubs broke out of their scoreless slump in a big way to rout the Dodgers and even the best-of-seven NLCS, 2-2. Game 5 is Thursday at Dodger Stadium at 5 p.m.
BOTTOM OF FIRST: DODGERS 0, CUBS 0
John Lackey, the active major league leader in postseason starts, is pitching this game for the Chicago Cubs. He had an unexpectedly tremendous 2016 season, and, despite the fact that he’ll turn 38 this weekend, is likely to be a value for his $16 million salary in 2017.
He started by inducing a standard-issue flyout to right from Chase Utley, then hit Corey Seager in the foot with a cutter. Justin Turner, following, nearly grounded into a double play, but reached and was awarded second on an errant throw from Cubs second baseman Javier Baez.
With the count in cleanup hitter Adrian Gonzalez’s favor, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras picked off Turner at second base. This game’s scoreless through one inning. Lackey threw 18 pitches.