LOS ANGELES – Russell Martin gave the Dodgers the lead with his bat.
He kept the mine with his glove.
In the eighth inning of Sunday's draw, Martin's check-swing single on the left led Chris Taylor and allowed the Dodgers to defeat the Chicago Cubs 3-2.
In the ninth inning, Martin blocked a pair of two-shot throws in the ground with a runner on third base. He also blocked the marble and scored Albert Almora Jr. trying to score from the third base on an indoor course.
The 36-year-old catcher hit in his first three bats and then bought himself back dramatically.
"It's the launcher's job to trust the receiver and gain that confidence by blocking the shots," Martin said. "This team really does not do too much. We do not really lose too much ground. But in some situations, you have to do it at the right time and it's our job to block the ball. "
The Dodgers starter, Hyun-Jin Ryu, has put together all the ingredients for a win without drama. He did not allow a deserved run for seven innings, then passed the ball to Ross Stripling (3-2) for a scoreless eighth and Kenley Jansen for a scoreless ninth. The Dodgers gave Ryu a chance on a packed ride in the first run. Cody Bellinger hit his 23rd round of the season, a solo shot in the sixth.
However, nothing was easy for the Dodgers (48-24) who won three series in a four-game series against the Cubs (39-32) before the announced crowd of 53,817 players.
Jansen took the mound less than 24 hours after allowing Anthony Rizzo to win the winning match at home in the ninth inning, his third decisive stop of the season. Jansen felt compelled to press for this opportunity. He said that he had sent a simple message to Director Dave Roberts.
"I want the ball," Jansen said. "After what happened (Saturday) night, knowing that I still have a chance to face these guys with the season series over, I really wanted to face them again in the same situation . "
The atonement did not come easily. Jansen authorized a first single in Almora, then walked Jason Heyward. Both riders advanced from a base on a field trip. Forward Victor Caratini opened a ground ball to Jansen's left, and the pitcher sent home to remove Almora for the second outing.
Jansen outscored the next hitter, Baez, 0-2. He wasted a ball in the mud – intentionally, said Martin.
"The last thing I want him to do is throw a slider there," Marin said. "In my mind, I predict that exact tone. You must be ready for that one. His job is to launch this field. It's my job to block it. "
The next throw, another slider, missed its high target. Baez hit a low line in the central field, where Alex Verdugo was playing at a depth of about 10 feet on a two-shot count. The ball was suspended long enough to allow Verdugo to take a dive and end the game.
"I never lose my trust," Jansen said. "(With the runners) first and second, I knew that I was going to fight and get the backup."
As effective as effective, Ryu pitched two batters with a runner in scoring position in the first five innings. He did not allow the count of the three balls before the seventh. The two Chicago races were not deserved, as they scored after a foul played by Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner to start the sixth inning.
Ryu's EER fell to 1.26 – the lowest of baseball, and the lowest of all starts at the Dodger in his first 14 starts since deserved points became official statistics in 1912.
Cubs starter Jose Quintana made two mistakes. One was a 1 and 1 player hitting Bellinger in the sixth inning, down to the heart of the strike zone. Bellinger crashed to 421 feet from the center of the field for a solo home run that created the 2-2 tie.
Quintana's other mistake, less serious but equally damaging, occurred in the first run: he lost the ability to throw a shot. David Freese stood out with two outs. Bellinger and Taylor walked, charging the bases. Quintana had thrown eight consecutive D.J.'s shots into Reyburn's attack zone when Cubs coach Tommy Hottovy went to the mound.
The next hitter, Max Muncy, scored no goal on the five shots that Quintana kicked him off. Four missed the strike zone. Freese ran in the race while Muncy accepted his free base and an easy RBI.
Quintana, however, settled and the Dodgers failed to get another runner after the second goal until the sixth inning. The question in the meantime: would a race be enough for Ryu to beat the Cubs?
Down 1-0, the Cubs' start rally started with a ground ball hit hard by Baez. Turner placed the ball to his right and threw a hopper to first base. But Freese failed to take off the hurdle throw, and Baez was sure of the mistake.
Kris Bryant pushed a single from the end of his stick into the right field, sending Baez to third.
Eliminating a goal, Willson Contreras slowly pushed his pace behind Muncy – who had gone behind the second goal – and in the right field for a single. Baez scored to tie the match 1-1, and Bryant managed to reach the third goal. When David Bote threw a ball into the right field, Bryant had plenty of time to score and score. Chicago led 2-1.
After Bellinger tied at 2, the Dodgers nearly scored again. Taylor doubled and went to third base on a single by Muncy. When the Almora Throw was home, Muncy went to the second base. Left-handed Brandon Kintzler relieved Quintana from his opponent against Martin, a right-handed batter, and hit him for the first outing of the inning. A chess match quickly appeared.
Kintzler intentionally attacked hitter Alex Verdugo to charge the goals, then pulled out Ryu for the second outing. When Dodgers manager Dave Roberts replaced Kiké Hernandez with a left-handed hitter, Joc Pederson, Cubs manager Joe Maddon replaced Kintzler from southpaw Tim Collins. Pederson missed the first Collins throw, ending the inning.
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