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Chicago Cubs Win Game 1 Of NLCS

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The Chicago Cubs plate five runs in the 8th to win Game 1 of the NLCS

With an 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS, the Chicago Cubs are now only three wins away from a World Series appearance. The win did not come without drama as Cubs catcher Miguel Montero delivered a pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the 8th to break a 3-3 tie.

Chicago rode a strong performance by starting pitcher Jon Lester. He turned in six innings of 1-run ball while striking out three batters and only allowing four hits. Lester left the game with his team ahead 3-1 but that would change in the top half of the 8th inning. With the bases loaded and no one out, Cubs manager Joe Maddon decided to turn to his closer Aroldis Chapman for a six out save. Chapman would strikeout the first two batters he faced before giving up a game tying, two RBI single to Adrian Gonzalez. The remainder of the inning would be uneventful and the game would move to the home half of the 8th.

Cubs left fielder Ben Zobrist would start the bottom of the 8th with a double to right center. Addison Russell then grounded out, bringing Jason Heyward to the plate. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts then elected to walk Heyward to bring up the red-hot Javier Baez. After a fly out by Baez, pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan would be intentionally walked to load the bases. The pitchers spot was then due up and Joe Maddon would elect to pinch-hit Miguel Montero. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Montero turned on a slider and sent it into the right field bleachers for a grand slam. That home run by Montero would be only the third pinch-hit grand slam in postseason history and the first since 1999.

With the score now 7-3 in favor of the Cubs, lead-off man Dexter Fowler would step to the plate. Fowler took the very next pitch and drove it into right field for a solo home run to give the Cubs an 8-3 lead.

Following a pop out by Anthony Rizzo to end the inning, the Dodgers would come to bat in the top of the 9th. Since Chapman pitched the 8th and was pinch-hit for, Maddon chose to bring in Hector Rondon to get the final three outs. Rondon would give up an RBI double to Andrew Toles but nothing more as the Cubs would hang on to win 8-4.

With the win, the Cubs officially made it further in the postseason than they did last year. Last season, the Cubs made it to the NLCS but were swept by the New York Mets.

Game 2 of the NLCS will be on Sunday, October 16th at 8:08pm eastern on FS1. The pitching matchup will be Clayton Kershaw versus Kyle Hendricks. Kershaw will be pitching on short rest as he recorded the final two outs of the Dodgers Game 5 win in the NLDS. Hendricks will get the ball for the first time since taking a come backer off the wrist in Game 2 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants.

Both of these pitchers have had great 2016 seasons and should carry that into their starts on Sunday.