Cubs are NL champs
NLCS Game 7
It wasn't just that the Cubs won the National League pennant. They won it at home. They got to Clayton Kershaw early - it was the first time the Dodgers ace gave up two runs in the first inning all season. And they got to Kershaw often - scoring in 4 of the 5 innings he pitched.
Kyle Hendricks was virtually unhittable, giving up hits to just the first and last batters he faced and walking no one before leaving the game with 1 out in the 8th.
Aroldis Chapman needed just three pitches in the 8th to get Howie Kendrick to ground into an inning-ending double play. Then, after a strike-out and a walk to start the ninth, the Cubs closer got pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig (the 3rd Dodger pinch-hitter of the inning) to ground into a game-ending, series-ending, we're-going-to-the-World-Series double play.
Cubs pitchers faced the minimum number of Dodger batters - a feat only previously accomplished in the post season when Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
Nearly perfect pitching. A lead-off double and RBI single to start the game. Two home runs. Three double plays. A pick off at first to end the second. And 42,000 fans helping to unnerve one of baseball's best pitchers.
Pretty much everything a fan could ask for. Just ask Dorothy.
Thank you, Cubs.
Just one more thing ... four wins against the Indians.
Seems like that's doable.
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