NLCS Game 6: Thank you Cubs, just one more thing

NLCS Game 6: Thank you Cubs, just one more thing

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Did you hear? The Cubs beat the Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night and are going to the World Series for the first time in 71 years.

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.

A perfect ending to the best Cubs game of the season (so far) by the best defense (ever?) in baseball.

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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