Games 1, 2, and 3
The young Cubs have officially beaten the Cardinals, a team that won 100 games during the regular season. After dropping the first game in St. Louis, the Cubs came back in game 2. Although the Cardianls got to the Cubs’ ace, Jake Arrieta, with 4 runs in game 3, the lineup bailed their pitcher out by hitting 6, yes 6, homeruns in a single game – a postseason record.
The Cardinals, who have won their last 5 NLDS elimination games – the highest active streak, sent their ace to the mound in John Lackey to face Jason Hammel, a pitcher with a 3.74 ERA during the Regular Season. With their backs against the wall the Cardinals knew they had to strike first and they did. 4 pitches into the game Stephen Piscotty, the rookie phenomenon, hit a 2 run home run to give the Cardinals the lead. But that lead was short lived, Hammel – yes the pitcher – hit a single in the bottom of the 2nd to give the Cubs their first run of the game and then the next batter, Javier Baez, another Cubs rookie, hit a 3-run Homerun to put the Cubs on top 4-2. After a few innings of rocky pitching and untimely hitting, we arrive at the top of the 6th.
With 2 on and 2 out, Tony Cruz of the Cardinals doubled down the line to score Jason Heyward and move Johnny Peralta to 3rd. The next batter, a pinch hitter named Brandon Moss, singled to right scoring Peralta to tie the game, but a strong throw for Jorge Soler from right field cuts down Tony Cruz who tried scoring from second on the play.
After scoring in the 6th Cardinals looked to Kevin Siegrist for a shutdown inning, but Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs had other ideas when he sent an 0-2 pitch deep into right field for a solo Homerun to give the Cubs the lead. That would ultimately become the game winning run, but just in case Kyle Schwarber hit a ball in the bottom of the 7th that still hasn’t hit the ground. In all seriousness, that ball traveled over the scoreboard in Wrigley Field, measured at 419 feet. Check it out below!
Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs for winning their first playoff series in Wrigley. It was hard fought and it was definitely earned. They will play the winner of the Mets and Dodgers.
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