Hill out­pitches Ar­ri­eta; Dodgers beat Cubs for se­ries lead

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Beth Har­ris

LOS AN­GE­LES » Four­teen months re­moved from in­de­pen­dent ball on Long Is­land, Rich Hill pitched the Los An­ge­les Dodgers into a 2-1 NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries lead.

Hill al­lowed two hits in six in­nings to beat Cy Young Award win­ner Jake Ar­ri­eta, Yas­mani Gran­dal hit a tworun homer in the fourth in­ning and the Dodgers de­feated the Chicago Cubs 6-0 Tues­day night.

“I knew there was go­ing to be an op­por­tu­nity to get back to the big leagues as long as I stayed healthy and I felt strong,” he said. “Just per­se­ver­ance. That’s it. Just con­tinue to keep push­ing through no mat­ter what, even if you feel like you’re al­most ready to give up. You never know, that next door you open might be the one that makes the dif­fer­ence.”

Af­ter win­ning a big league high 103 games dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son and spark­ing be­lief they could win the World Se­ries for the first time since 1908, the Cubs have been shut out in con­sec­u­tive games for the first time this year, manag­ing just six hits — five of them sin­gles.

“More than any­thing, I think we need to get a cou­ple runs and hits and runs early to try to get that kind of feel­ing back,” Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don said, “be­cause, ob­vi­ously, when you’re not scor­ing any runs, it makes it even more dif­fi­cult in the dugout.”

Hill, who pitched for the At­lantic League’s Long Is­land Ducks in Au­gust 2015, struck out six and walked two. Joe Blan­ton, Grant Day­ton and Ken­ley Jansen fin­ished, giv­ing the Dodgers con­sec­u­tive post­sea­son shutouts for the first time.

Julio Urias starts Game 4 for the Dodgers on Wed­nes­day and at 20 years, 68 days will be­come the youngest start­ing pitcher in post­sea­son his­tory. John Lackey starts for the Cubs.

“He’s not scared of the mo­ment,” fel­low Dodgers rookie Corey Sea­ger said of Urias. “He’s not scared of any­thing.”

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