CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber had the fans roaring, thinking the Chicago Cubs just might be ready to tighten the NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Turns out, his first-inning was about all they had to cheer.
Yu Darvish shut down Chicago after Schwarber went deep, and the Cubs are on the verge of being swept in the NLCS for the second time in three years after Tuesday’s night’s 6-1 loss.
After knocking out Los Angeles last fall en route to their first World Series championship since consecutive titles in 1907 and 1908, hopes of another parade are just about dashed.
“Tomorrow is a Game 7. We have three or four Game 7s in a row coming up right now,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
Jake Arrieta will try to keep the series going for the Cubs when he opposes Alex Wood on Wednesday night. But unless the Cubs get their hitting and bullpen in order, this season could come to a close.
The Cubs have been in tough spots before, rallying from a 3-1 deficit to beat Cleveland in seven games for the title last year. They also pulled out a wild victory at Washington in Game 5 of the Division Series this month after failing to close out the Nationals at Wrigley Field.
But they are hitting .160 with four extra-base hits through three games.
Chicago managed just one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings against Yu Darvish.
Yankees 6, Astros 4
NEW YORK (AP) — With a soaring shot headed for Monument Park, Aaron Judge got New York back on course for another memorable October.
Judge ignited a comeback with a home run , then hit a tying double during a four-run eighth inning to spur the unflappable Yankees over the Houston Astros 6-4 Tuesday night and tie the AL Championship Series 2-2.
The Baby Bombers trailed 4-0 against starter Lance McCullers Jr. until Judge homered leading off the seventh. He tied it with a line drive that nearly left the park in the eighth and scored when Gary Sanchez hit a go-ahead two-run double off loser Ken Giles.