NLCS Game 2: Cubs make history again, but not in a good way

NLCS Game 2: Cubs make history again, but not in a good way

Cubs shut out at home
First time in the post season
Since 1918

Things didn’t work out as planned Sunday night at Wrigley Field. In another classic pitchers duel, Clayton Kershaw got the one run he needed when Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez put a Kyle Hendricks cutter into the bleachers to lead off the second inning.

The two teams fighting to represent the National League in the World Series had only 5 hits combined, and Kershaw was perfect until Javy Baez managed a single with two outs in the fifth inning. Willson Contreras also singled and the Cubs had a potential threat, but when Jason Heyward popped out the team’s best chance ended.

Other than an Anthony Rizzo walk in the 7th, those were the only Cubs to reach base all night.

Aside from the early home run, the only time either team threatened to score was when the Dodgers put two men on with one out in the 6th. But Baez took a short hop which started an incredible double play that ended the inning and the best chance either team had to score.

We’ve all heard about the many historical moments in this historical “first time since” season for the Cubs. But the historic moment marked on Sunday night was one the Cubs would have preferred to avoid.

Sunday’s 1-0 loss was the first time since the 1918 World Series against the Red Sox that the Cubs had been shut out in a post-season game. The pitcher that day was Babe Ruth.

Now the Cubs will have to win at least one game in Los Angeles so they can return home on Saturday to finish off the Dodgers and move on to the World Series for the first time since … well, you know.

But some fans are more optimistic. Several people on the train home after Sunday’s loss expressed confidence the Cubs would sweep the three mid-week games in LA, making next weekend’s games unnecessary and gaining the team a few days rest before the Fall Classic begins on October 25th.

That’s the kind of history we’d all like to see made this week.


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