(CBS) On Saturday night, Miguel Montero sent Wrigley Field into pandemonium with a pinch-hit grand slam that lifted the Cubs to a Game 1 win in the National League Championship Series. One batter later, Dexter Fowler followed with a solo homer.
The Cubs haven’t scored in the NLCS since. Chicago has been shut out in back-to-back postseason games for the first time in franchise history, its offense sputtering at a terrible time as the Los Angeles Dodgers have taken a 2-1 series lead.
Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Cubs’ struggles:
— They’ve gone scoreless for 18 straight innings. In that stretch, the Cubs have are 6-of-60 with just seven total bases. They’ve also only walked three times.
— Chicago’s best scoring chance in the past two games was a second-and-third, one-out situation in the second inning of Game 3. The Cubs came up empty when Rich Hill struck Addison Russell out on a curveball and induced a groundout from Montero.
— An All-Star shortstop, Russell is 1-of-24 with zero RBIs and one run in seven postseason games.
— All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo is 2-of-26 with zero RBIs and one run in seven postseason games. One of those hits came Tuesday in the ninth inning on a broken-bat single that went about 60 feet.
— The Cubs are hitting .161 (15-of-93) in the NLCS.
— After a regular season in which they hit lefties better than all but one big league team (with an .807 OPS), the Cubs have been baffled by such foes lately. Chicago is batting .152 (17-of-112) against lefties in the playoffs.