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Dodgers record first back-to-back playoff shutouts in team history

Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Rich Hill (44) throws a pitch during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire)
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The Dodgers made another NLCS start uncomfortable for Jake Arrieta, who has now lost in each of his two outings in this round. They also achieved a bit of history with their dominance across the past two games.

In the 200th playoff game in franchise history, the Dodgers notched a 6-0 shutout victory to beat the Cubs Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, taking a 2-1 series lead. This also marks the first time the Dodgers have strung together back-to-back shutouts. This also doubles as the first time the Cubs have ever been shut out in consecutive playoff games.

A club that’s used many different names since spawning in 1884, the Dodgers’ franchise made the National League playoffs for the first time in 1890 — as the Brooklyn Bridegrooms — but not until the 2016 NLCS have consecutive shutouts come. And they’ve now come off what was the best team in the majors this season.

It’s also the first time the Dodgers have held an NLCS lead since 1988, when they defeated the Mets in seven games and stunned the A’s in the World Series.

Rich Hill outdueled Arrieta despite the disparate profiles the Game 3 starters carried into Tuesday night’s shift to the Los Angeles portion of the series. The 36-year-old journeyman had enjoyed a fine season for the A’s and Dodgers, but Arrieta is a dominant pitcher who earned NL Cy Young acclaim a year ago. Hill gave up only two hits and struck out six in his six innings of work. Conversely, the 30-year-old Arrieta has now yielded eight earned runs in NLCS play; he ceded four to the Dodgers tonight and four to the Mets in Game 2 of last year’s NLCS — a Mets sweep.

Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner added home runs, with Corey Seager and Yasiel Puig combining for five hits.

After being stymied by Clayton Kershaw, the Cubs are now hitting just .152 against left-handers in this series. They will face a dynamic — yet precocious — southpaw Wednesday night in Julio Urias. John Lackey will attempt to help Chicago climb out of this hole.

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