Giants score two runs
Cubs pitchers? Three RBIs
That's the way we roll
Well, that's more like it. The Cubs scored in the bottom of the first on Saturday night and a victory never seemed in doubt. A lead-off double by Dexter Fowler and a two-out single by Ben Zobrist gave the north sides a quick one run lead.
But it was Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks who put the game out of reach with a bases loaded single in the second inning to make it a four-to-nothing ball game. He didn't get the win because he had to leave in the 4th after taking an Angel Pagan line drive to his pitching arm. Fans were relieved when x-rays came back negative - Hendricks suffered only a bruise and should be ready for his next start.
Travis Wood was called on for the early relief stint, getting the win after pitching only 1-1/3 innings (stupid baseball rules). But he also added to the Cubs lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the 4th inning. Of course, because this is an historic Cubs season, this was the first time since 1924 that a relief pitcher hit a home run in a post-season game.
The final score was Cubs 5, Giants 2 - with pitchers batting in 3 of the Cubs runs.
The Cubs look to make more history on Monday night when they face Madison Bumgarner, who hasn't allowed a run in 23 consecutive post-season innings. Of course, Jake Arrieta will be pitching for the Cubs so the Giants will have their own issues at the plate.
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