Not much opportunity to do any sign-stealing in Game 2, since Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen allowed only one baserunner to get that far in LA's 1-0 victory.
"[Kershaw has] been incredible". But his only real flaw was the home run he gave up to Adrian Gonzalez leading off the second inning. "When he's on the mound we really like our chance of winning, and tonight he showed why".
The unusual thing is that he burned up his bullpen in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Giants, got burned in a 6-5 loss and learned that Chapman, his 100-mph closer, might not be the best option when the Cubs need two innings and six outs instead of just one and three.
Belonging in the realm of moon landing conspiracy theories, there are some people that think Clayton Kershaw is cursed in the seventh inning of postseason games.
But it nearly ended one out earlier. Yes, Kershaw allowed only two hits, but Cubs batters did make some good contact, blasting three balls to the warning track and just missing a home run by Anthony Rizzo that was pulled foul. "So it was also an opportunity to get Ruiz out of the game, which eventually turned into (Yasmani) Grandal". "I faced him earlier in the year".
"They've got to beat us three more times, which ain't gonna be easy", Arrieta said.
The rest of the team was on board with the decision to stay with Kershaw to finish the seventh. "Kershaw can't pitch every game", he said.
"It's hockey fans and I mean that in the best way because I'm a hockey fan, too", said Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, a die-hard Chicago Blackhawks fan.
The Cubs turned two double plays, keeping them in the game. "To be honest, I thought Maddon put me out there just to bring the lefty and get (Willson) Contreras to pinch-hit for me, and they didn't bring the lefty for Contreras".
"I don't know how they won 103 games swinging the bats like that", Rose said. "It's taken 25 of us".
Gonzalez led off the second inning with a solo shot to left-center. He [Roberts] is not going to trust me anymore if guys keep hitting the ball like tat. The game will air on Fox Sports 1. I missed my spot bad over the middle of the plate. "Sure enough, today, I helped the team".
"To me right now", Jansen said, "anything is possible". The 4 and 2/3 innings of ideal pitching was the longest flawless game bid in Kershaw's postseason career.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cubs finally ended Kershaw's flawless game bid with back-to-back singles by Javier Baez and Willson Contreras. It was the lucky number 13 that Kershaw was finally able to slay some demons as he recorded his first scoreless start of the postseason (seven innings).
Kenley Jansen relieved Kershaw to begin the eighth and was ideal over the final two innings, including four strikeouts in the first six-out save of his career.
"Saw that happen, didn't you?" he said.
With two great pitchers on the mound, defense is at a premium in Game 2.
Compare this recent stretch to Jansen's regular season.