10/15 22:17 CDT Bryant, Rizzo, Contreras no-shows at plate for Cubs in NLCS
Bryant, Rizzo, Contreras no-shows at plate for Cubs in NLCS
By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs are going
back home trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 in the National League
Championship Series in no small part because the heart of their order hasn't
Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras combined to go 0 for 11 in
Sunday night's 4-1 loss. It was 1-all when Rizzo reached with one out in the
ninth when he was hit on the right elbow by a pitch from Kenley Jansen, but was
stranded after Contreras struck out and Albert Almora Jr. grounded out.
Bryant, the 2016 NL MVP, and Rizzo have been ineffective since the first inning
of the opener on Saturday night, a 5-2 Dodgers victory. Bryant singled and
Rizzo walked against Clayton Kershaw, and were left on base. Neither got on
base the rest of that game, and both struck out against Jansen in his four-out,
The futility continued Sunday night against Rich Hill and a bullpen that was
perfect other than Jansen plunking Rizzo.
After a travel day, the rematch of the 2016 NLCS resumes Tuesday night with Yu
Darvish pitching for the Dodgers and Kyle Hendricks for the Cubs.
Chicago's only run Sunday came on Addison Russell's leadoff homer in the fifth
Their only runs Saturday night came on Almora's two-run homer off Kershaw in
the fourth. After that, the Cubs made 18 straight outs against Kershaw and five
Los Angeles' Justin Turner drove in all four of the Dodgers' runs Sunday night,
including the winning, three-run homer off John Lackey with two outs in the