Stats of the Day: Dodgers lefties sending Cubs' offense south
Hill, Kershaw combined for 13 scoreless innings in Games 2 and 3
By Roger Schlueter
Here are three interesting items from League Championship Series play on Tuesday …
• Southpaw Rich Hill (six innings, two hits allowed) and three Dodgers relievers combined on a four-hitter with 10 K's, as Los Angeles blanked Chicago, 6-0, and took a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series.
This four-hitter came after the Dodgers allowed two hits in a 1-0 win in Game 2. They have compiled consecutive postseason shutouts for the first time in a franchise history covering 200 playoff games. The Dodgers are just the third team in postseason history to blank the same opponent on four hits or fewer in back-to-back games, joining the 1908 Cubs (vs. the Tigers) and the 1919 Reds (vs. the infamous "Black Sox" White Sox club).
• Hill's effort followed Clayton Kershaw's gem in Game 2, where the ace lefty worked seven scoreless innings and allowed two hits. Only three times previously in history had a team gotten multiple outings of at least six innings, no more than two hits allowed and no runs allowed by southpaw starters in the same postseason: Steve Avery and Tom Glavine with the 1995 Braves, Kenny Rogers with two such outings for the 2006 Tigers, and C.J. Wilson and Cliff Lee for the '10 Rangers.
At 24 years and 109 days old, Sanchez was the ninth-youngest pitcher to start and win a League Championship Series game with his team facing elimination, and the youngest since Josh Beckett (23 years and 150 days) for the Marlins in Game 5 of the 2003 NLCS.
Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.