The Chicago Cubs, the favorites to win the World Series, played a great few games this weekend that solidified they can win in October. In game one of the NLDS Jon Lester and Johnny Cueto went head to head in a pitchers duel that was a absolute dream for baseball fans everywhere. The Giants threatened on different occasions but consistently shot themselves down on the base paths. David Ross successfully back picked a runner at first on a funky looking shift. The defense was stellar, but the pitching was true artistry. Lester tossed 8 shutout innings, while Johnny Cueto matched that until he tried to quick pitch Javier Baez on a 3-2 count in the bottom of the eighth. This was the result:
The game concluded in a 1-0 nail biting win for Cubs fans everywhere.
Game two held high hopes as well with the leader in N.L. ERA Kyle Hendricks on the mound squaring off against former Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija. Unlike game 1 the Cubs jumped out early. In the 2nd inning pitcher Kyle Hendricks delivered a huge 2 rbi single. This helped the cubs settle into a 4-0 lead. In the 4th inning Kyle Hendricks caught a line drive off the arm, he exited the game with a right elbow contusion. Travis Wood would come on in relief and step up in a big way.
The final score would end up being 5-2, Cubs pitchers combined for 3 rbis which would have been enough to win this one on their own. This is one of those things about this team that still astonishes me. They win ball games somehow, someway, whether that comes off a blast by their all star hitters, or their relief pitchers, a win is a win, and I will continue to fly that W.