The Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series by a 10-2 score, evening the best-of-seven series at 2-2. The main actors on the Cubs’ side were, well, most of their lineup, including home runs from Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo .
Here are seven things to know about Game 4.
1. The Cubs’ bats showed up
Much of the talk entering Game 4 concerned the Cubs’ struggling offense. Sure enough, Chicago’s lineup would run its scoreless streak to 21 innings. After that? Things turned around — and quickly.
The Cubs hung 10 runs on the Dodgers, receiving contributions from most everyone in their lineup. That included the aforementioned Rizzo and Russell, each of whom homered after entering the game entrenched in slumps. How bad had that duo performed? They entered in a cumulative 1-for-20 slump. Ouch. On Wednesday, however, both notched multiple hits.
What’s more is Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist also recorded multi-hit games, giving the Cubs four in all. Factor in how Chicago even saw reliever Mike Montgomery rap a single, and yeah, it was the Cubs’ night at the plate — and an impressive, important showing from what was a sputtering offense.
2. Neither starter dominated
Another seemingly fun storyline entering Game 4 centered on the differences between Cubs starter John Lackey and Dodgers starter Julio Urias . Lackey is old, right-handed, and experienced; Urias is none of those things.