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Cubs Win NLDS In Dramatic Fashion

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                                       Chicago Cubs Win NLDS

After a grueling 4 1/2 hr game, which seemed to have every kind of situation you could imagine. The Chicago Cubs win NLDS, in what was an all hands on deck kind of game. From the first inning, you could just tell that this was going to be a different game than the previous 4. Neither pitcher seemed to have their best stuff, Kyle Hendricks could only manage 4 innings giving up 9 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs. Yet through all of that, he was able to manage 7 strikeouts. Gio Gonzalez didn’t do much better, going a mere 3 innings giving up 3 hits, 3 earned runs, and 5 strikeouts. There was a total of 14 pitchers used in the game-tying a postseason record. After all that the Chicago Cubs won the NLDS in dramatic fashion.


Cubs Scoring Summary

The scoring that went on in this game was odd. Especially for the Chicago Cubs who scored on plays that aren’t seen very often. The Cubs started the scoring off instantly when Jon Jay hit a leadoff double to get things started. Able to advance to third on a passed ball, Jon Jay was able to score the first run making it 1-0. The Cubs second run came in the 3rd. Kris Bryant led off with a double, with Contreras and Almora both being walked loaded the bases. Addison Russell the next batter grounded out scoring Kris Bryant making the score 4-2.

This is where the scoring started to get a tad odd for the Cubs. Jason Heyward took a wild pitch which allowed Contreras to score making the score 4-3. That was all the Cubs were able to scavenge in the third. Then the 5th came around and that’s where things got interesting. With Max Scherzer coming into the game, many Cubs fans seemed worried. However, the Cubs were able to get him for 4 runs in the inning. With two outs in the 5th Contreras started the rally with a single. Then the most impressive at-bat of the night in my eyes was the Zobrist/Scherzer at-bat. Able to muscle a bloop single brought Addison Russell to the plate. Russell was able to line a ball down the left field line scoring two runs.

Cubs scoring plays continued

The Nationals then decided to intentionally walk Jason Heyward, which gave Javier Baez a chance to produce. Then on an 0-2 count, Baez took a swing at a ball in the dirt that got by Matt Wieters. Which in return was able to score a run for the Cubs extending their lead 6-4. With men on 1st and 2nd Tommy Lastella came to the plate, and on the first pitch LaStella took a swing, and catchers interference eventually ruled. So, at this point, the Cubs have sent 8 batters to the plate, and Jon Jay was number 9. The Cubs final run in the 5th came on a 1-1 count, in which Max Scherzer hit Jay in the knee scoring a run making it 7-4.

Cubs Scoring Conclusion

The Cubs didn’t stop there, with the first two batters in Rizzo and Contreras going down on groundouts. It was up to Ben Zobrist to keep the inning alive. Zobrist was then able to work a walk which brought up the hero Addison Russell. Russell was able to hit a sharp line drive to left field, and it almost seemed to have that sort of knuckle effect to it. Which may be the reason Jayson Werth wasn’t able to come up with the ball, which was the reason the Cubs were able to extend the lead to 4 runs. The last run for the Cubs came in the 7th with a man on 3rd, Kyle Schwarber and Jon Jay at first. Kris Bryant grounded into a fielders choice which was able to score Kyle making the score 9-6.

As for the rest well we know how that goes down, Wade Davis comes in for the 7 out save, Wilson Contreras with the huge pick off at 1st to end the 8th. Then, of course, the dominance of Wade Davis in the 9th inning to put this game to rest. Again after all that, it’s great to say The Chicago Cubs win NLDS.

After a grueling 4 1/2 hr game, which seemed to have every kind of situation you could imagine. The Chicago Cubs win NLDS, in what was an all hands on deck kind of game.