Manager Lou Piniella brought the 1995 Seattle Mariners back after losing the first two games to win three straight from the Yankees. “It can be done,” Piniella said. “It would be nice to win three games in one day, but it’s not going to happen.” Strong pitching from starters Brandon Webb and Doug Davis and Arizona’s bullpen has stifled Chicago’s offense, especially the big hitters in its lineup. Now the Diamondbacks will turn to veteran Livan Hernandez, who 10 years ago was the MVP of the Florida Marlins’ NLCS and World Series victories. He also started Game 7 of the 2002 World Series for the San Francisco Giants against the Angels. So, bring it on. He’s been through loud and wild scenes during his career. “The stadium is going to be packed and crazy and people screaming,” said Hernandez, who hasn’t pitched in a game since Sept. 26. “It’s great for baseball. I love it. It’s something I like, see the people screaming.” In the two losses in Phoenix, the Cubs’ first four batters went 5-for-35 with 13 strikeouts. So while Piniella has taken heat for pulling Carlos Zambrano after six innings with the game tied at 1 in the opener and Ted Lilly was driven out early in Game 2, the Cubs’ bats also wilted in the desert. Alfonso Soriano is 2-for-10, Derrek Lee 2-for-8 and Aramis Ramirez 0-for-9. The trio has no RBIs or homers. Piniella’s advice is to go with the pitch. “It’s probably trying to overdo. … You don’t need to hit three home runs in one bat. They pitch away, hit the ball to right center,” Piniella said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NLDS: Despite a 2-0 deficit, they like their chances at Wrigley. By Rick Gano THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – Rich Hill loosened up his arm and legs during a light workout Friday, not far from where the ivy on the Wrigley Field walls is beginning to turn from green to brown. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe Chicago Cubs’ season will fade away, too, if they don’t find a way to escape an 0-2 deficit against the Arizona Diamondbacks today. Against the young, eager and talented Diamondbacks, the Cubs will count on Hill, hope their top hitters find their strokes and rely on a home crowd that is always raucous. “We’re in a good position here coming home,” Hill said. “We get to play in front of a great crowd, some of the best fans in baseball. We’re down 0-2, but we have a great advantage going into this series in these next two games. “Like I said, you’ve got to look at it from a positive standpoint – not, oh, we’re down 0-2.” But another loss and the No.99 pops up – 99 years since the Cubs’ last World Series title. And counting.
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