It was 78 degrees at the start of Saturday’s matinee between the Marlins and Brewers, and by the top of the fourth inning, Milwaukee shortstop Orlando Arcia was feeling the heat. When J.T. Riddle vaulted a pop fly into foul territory, Arcia took advantage of the moment by sneaking a bite of a fan’s ice cream:
Arcia didn’t crack a smile after scooping the ice cream straight out of the bowl, and returned to the field to finish out Zach Davies‘ 1-2-3 inning. Giancarlo Stanton popped another foul ball to the same spot at the top of the fifth inning, prompting Arcia to take a second to smooth things over with the ice cream helmet eater and his friends and leaving them all smiles the second time around.
When he wasn’t taking a well-deserved snack break, Arcia went 3-for-4 at the plate with two base hits and his seventh home run of the season. The Brewers took the game 8-4, improving to three games ahead of the second-place Cubs in the NL Central.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.