Cubs battle back against Dodgers

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Updated: October 20, 2016

Back in 1998, a historically great New York Yankees team arrived at the ballpark in Cleveland for Game 4 of the ALCS down two games to one. The expectations were immense for that group, and the fact that they were facing an extremely talented Indians squad that had bounced them from the playoffs the year before only added to the pressure of the moment.

That series and therefore the season could have very easily went south in a hurry, but then Orlando Hernández took the hill for the Bombers and quickly turned the momentum back in their favor. They won that game and never looked back, eventually closing out the Indians in six.

After their own magical regular season, the Chicago Cubs found themselves in a similar situation following consecutive shutout losses to the Dodgers. Down 2-1 in the series, would they keep pressing and gripping their bats tighter and tighter? Or would they revert back to the team we have been accustomed to seeing all season long.

On this particular night it was the latter, as Chicago’s lineup came to life and they ended up hammering out 13 hits, scoring a decisive 10-2 win in the process. Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell were the main catalysts, and Joe Maddon can now go into Game 5 with a little more comfort knowing that the bats came alive and that he has his horse (Jon Lester) going on full rest.

We will know tonight whether this offensive explosion was a precursor to greater things for the Cubs, if they are now on the other side of adversity like the Yanks in ’98 after that memorable “El Duque” game. This stars have seemingly been aligned for them for most of the season, and they have a great opportunity to grab control of this series and avoid facing a do or die game versus Clayton Kershaw.

 

 

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