The Chicago Cubs were not able to overcome the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final game of the series, dropping the game 3-2. The Cubs couldn't do much against dominant Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu.
Javier Báez led off the game for the Cubs with a strike out, followed by a ground out from Kris Bryant. Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras hit consecutive singles, but David Bote grounded out to end the inning.
Kiké Hernández led off for the Dodgers against Cubs starter José Quintana with a fly out and Justin Turner then grounded out, but David Freese got the first hit with a single. Quintana then walked Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor, and walked Max Muncy to score the Dodgers first run. Russell Martin struck out to end the inning with the Dodgers ahead 1-0.
Quintana settled in after the first, and the Cubs finally broke the shutout in the sixth inning. Báez reached on an error from Turner at third base, and advanced to third himself on a single from Bryant. Rizzo lined out for the first out, but Contreras followed with a single to score Báez. Bote then hit a sacrifice fly and the Cubs found themselves winning 2-1.
Unfortunately the lead would not last long, as Bellinger led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run to tie it at 2-2. Taylor followed with a double to left field, and Muncy then singled on a line drive to center. With runners now at second and third, Brandon Kintzler took over for Quintana. Quintana went five innings with six hits, two runs (both earned), three walks, and three strikeouts.
Kintzler faced Martin first, who struck out swinging. Alex Verdugo was intentionally walked to get to Ryu, who also struck out swinging. Kintzler was then pulled for Tim Collins, to face pinch-hitting Joc Pederson. Pederson quickly grounded out to second to end the inning.
Pederson stayed in the game at left field and Alex Verdugo took over in center. Pinch-hitter Carlos González led off the seventh and grounded out softly back to Ryu, who flipped it to first for the out. Russell and Báez struck out for the second and third outs.
Steve Cishek took over on the mound for the Cubs in the bottom of the seventh. Turner led off with a ground out to short, followed by another ground out from pinch-hitter Matt Beaty. Bellinger struck out swinging to end the inning.
Beaty remained in the game at first for the Dodgers and Ross Stripling took over for Ryu in the eighth. Rizzo hit a one-out single after Bryant was called out on strikes. Rizzo would not score, as Contreras lined out and Bote struck out for the third out.
Cishek remained in the game for the eighth and walked Taylor in the leadoff spot. Muncy grounded out third to first, but Martin then singled on a hard liner to left and Taylor scored, bringing the score to 3-2. Cishek was then pulled from the mound and replaced by Kyle Ryan. Ryan faced Verdugo, who grounded out to second. Austin Barnes pinch hit in Stripling's place and flew out to left for the third out.
Kenley Jansen entered the game after a blown save the night prior and gave up a leadoff single to Albert Almora Jr and a walk to Jason Heyward. Kyle Schwarber entered as a pinch-hitter and grounded out to first, while Almora advanced to third. Victor Caratini pinch hit next and reached on a fielder's choice, but Almora was unfortunately out at home. Daniel Descalso pinch ran for Caratini and stole second with Báez at bat. With one out remaining, Báez lined out to center and the game was over.
Note: As a proud Korean-American, I feel compelled to point out the pronunciation of Hyun-Jin Ryu's name by the ESPN crew was atrocious. Korean isn't the easiest to pronounce due to different vowel sounds from English, but for anyone who is interested, a proper pronunciation can be found here.