Long after the Cubs' 1-0 loss to the Indians in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night, a four-man crew of groundskeepers armed with shovels, rakes, trowels and buckets of dirt labored on the pitcher's mound at Wrigley Field.

They were getting it ready for John Lackey, and with good reason.

Lackey will be trying to even the World Series at two games apiece when he starts Game 4 tonight at Wrigley Field, and he'll need all his tricks working against Indians wizard Corey Kluber.

Then again, if the Cubs don't do a better job at the plate than they did against Josh Tomlin and Cleveland's highly efficient bullpen on Friday, it may not matter. They were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, dropping them to 4-for-30 in the World Series, and manager Joe Maddon felt his hitters hurt themselves by chasing too many pitches out of the strike zone.