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Chicago Cubs Take 3-2 Lead In NLCS

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With an 8-4 win over the Dodgers on Thursday night, the Chicago Cubs take a 3-2 lead in the NLCS

After being shutout in Games 2 and 3, the bats of the Chicago Cubs seemed to wake up in Game 4. That awaking carried into Game 5 as the Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 to take a three games to two lead in the NLCS.

The pitching matchup favored the Cubs as they gave the ball to Jon Lester on Thursday night. Los Angeles countered with Kenta Maeda and it would not take long for Chicago to get to Maeda. Following a Dexter Fowler single, Anthony Rizzo drove an RBI double down the right field line to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning.

Maeda would be pulled out of the game after throwing 3.2 innings. He gave up just one run on three hits while striking out six and walking two.

Los Angeles would not make a comeback until the bottom of the 4th when Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to first, scoring Howie Kendrick to make the score 1-1. That would remain the score until the top of the 6th. With a runner on second base, Addison Russell smashed a 425-foot, 2-run home run to center field to put the Cubs up 3-1.

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon would lift starting pitcher Jon Lester after 7 very strong innings. Lester gave up just one earned run on five hits while striking out six and issuing one walk. He left the game with his team leading 3-1, but the Cubs would add-on in the top of the 8th.

With runners on second and third, Fowler reached on an infield single scoring Russell from third. The next batter would be Kris Bryant and he would also reach on an infield single to score Willson Contreras from third. After an Anthony Rizzo line out and a Ben Zobrist walk, Javier Baez would step to the plate with the bases loaded. Baez then drove the ball off the right field wall to plate all three base runners to give the Cubs an 8-1 lead.

Los Angeles would mount a comeback in the 8th and 9th but it would fall short as the Chicago Cubs went on to win 8-4 over the Dodgers.

Game 5 was yet another great game for the Cubs second baseman Javier Baez. On defense, he made a great play on an Adrian Gonzalez bunt in the 7th. After Gonzalez laid down a hard bunt past the pitcher, Baez charged in from short right field to bare hand the ball and throw it to first in time to get Gonzalez. Gonzalez was originally called safe on the field but after a review he would be called out.

Not only does Baez make great defensive plays but he can also rake at the dish. So far this postseason, Baez is hitting .371 with one home run and seven RBI’s in nine games. It is easy to forget that Baez is just 23 years old and still has many years left in his career. Combined with the 22-year-old Addison Russell, the future of the Cubs middle infield looks very bright for years to come.

Game 6 of the NLCS between the Cubs and Dodgers will be on Saturday, October 22nd at Wrigley Field. First pitch of the game will be at 8:08pm eastern with television coverage of the game on FS1. The Dodgers will give the ball to Clayton Kershaw while Kyle Hendricks will get the start for the Cubs. With Chicago up 3-2 in the series, they will look to win on Saturday to advance to their first World Series since 1945.