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Cubs Avoid Sweep In NLCS, Force Game 5 Against Dodgers Despite Controversial Call

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The Chicago Cubs have lived to play another day.

Facing elimination at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, Chicago avoided getting swept and hung on for a 3-2 win in Game 4 of the NLCS.

However, it didn’t come without some late-inning drama.

In the top of the eighth inning with Curtis Granderson batting against Wade Davis as the go-ahead run, Granderson appeared to strike out on a curveball from Davis.

Right?

It doesn’t appear Granderson made any contact. And if he did manage to barely get the bat on the ball, it’s impossible to tell for sure.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wasn’t convinced it was a legitimate strikeout, and decided to challenge the call. And- you guessed it- call SOMEHOW overturned! Unsurprisingly, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was NOT happy about it:

One of the worst calls you’ll ever see in any professional sport. The “foul tip” was inconclusive at best. If you’re the umpiring crew, you absolutely CAN’T change that call, especially in that situation! It’s a one-run game in the eighth inning in the NLCS- are you KIDDING me?

As expected, there were plenty of takes on Twitter:

Luckily for the Cubs, it wasn’t costly, as Granderson struck out swinging on the next pitch after a several minute delay. Still- no excuse if you’re the umpire making that call. Brutal.

Check out Joe Maddon’s postgame comments, holding nothing back:

Last night marked Maddon’s second ejection of the series. He was tossed in Game 1 for arguing a controversial play at the plate where the umpires ruled Willson Contreras illegally blocked the plate, which led to a Dodger run.

Aside from the phantom foul tip, Jake Arrieta started and won for the Cubs pitching 6 2/3 strong innings with nine strikeouts, leaving the field to a standing ovation in what may have been his final start as a Cub.

For LA, Alex Wood started and took the loss going 4 2/3 innings allowing three earned runs.

Each run in last night’s game came via a solo home run. For the Cubs, Contreras smashed a majestic 491-foot blast that hit off the scoreboard in the second inning, and Javier Baez hit a pair of solo dingers (second and fifth inning).

Cody Bellinger (third inning) and Justin Turner (eighth inning to lead off against Davis) supplied the power for the Dodgers.

Last night was Davis’s first appearance of the NLCS. He struggled through a 33-pitch eighth inning, and allowed a baserunner in the ninth before Bellinger hit into a double play to end it.

Both teams return to action tonight in Chicago for Game 5 at 8 PM ET. Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for LA opposed by Jose Quintana for Chicago.

Make sure to follow our live, in-game tweets on Twitter at @HomeRunDaily!

 

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Cubs’ Addison Russell Receives 40-Game Suspension

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended without pay for 40 games, retroactive to September 21st, the date he was placed on administrative leave, under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The league formally announced the suspension on Wednesday, and Russell will not appeal the suspension.

Russell was placed on administrative leave back in September amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse brought forward by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games.”

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Cubs Acquire Terrance Gore

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations, according to an announcement from the organization on Wednesday.

Gore, 27, will bring the Cubs a  legit base-stealing threat.

Gore is likely to start off his run with the Cubs in their minor league system as they eye using him as a weapon in the playoffs, and could be called up when rosters officially are expanded for the stretch run in September.

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Cubs Sign Jorge De La Rosa

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The Chicago Cubs have signed left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, according to a team announcement (h/t MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat)

In corresponding moves, the Cubs transferred starting pitcher Yu Darivish to the 6-day disabled list and left-hander Randy Rosario, who has pitched to a 3.00 ERA so far this season, was designated for assignment.

De La Rosa was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week after struggling to a 4.63 ERA this season.

 

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