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That's how replay officials in NY saw it when Cubs catcher Willson Contreras' left foot blocked the plate, and stopped the hand of Dodgers shortstop Charlie Culberson from touching home plate.

Maddon said that while he doesn't necessarily reserve his closer for save situations, the need to manage Davis' workload forced the team to hold him for locking down the last inning if the Cubs got a lead. "The only thing I'll say about yesterday is it was a tremendous baseball play on our part".

Initially the baserunner was called out but the call was overturned because of the "blocking the plate" 713 rule.

Travel days in the playoffs are a great time for players to get some rest, both physically and mentally. Dodgers' baserunner Charlie Culberson was originally called out on a throw from left-fielder Kyle Schwarber.

Following a video review, umpires ruled Contreras violated the obstruction rule for not clearing a path for Culberson.

Then, with two outs, a runner on second, and a couple of right-handed hitters due up, Joe Maddon turned the ball over to John Lackey, a 38-year-old pitcher unaccustomed to bullpen work who had thrown 1 2/3 innings in Game 1 on Saturday.

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"For me to be disingenuous, I just couldn't have slept", Maddon said.

The Dodgers incredibly scored a run without ever touching home plate.

"The ball kind of taking Willson towards the line, towards foul territory".

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