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NLCS Game 5: Cubs Defeat Dodgers, One Win Away

One more win.  That is all that stands in the way for the Chicago Cubs and a trip to the World Series.  It would be the Cubs first trip back since 1945.  Chicago beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Thursday to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven.  The series shifts back to Wrigley on Saturday.

Jon Lester, who has had a tremendous second half of the season, started for the Cubs and gave them seven solid innings.  Lester allowed just one run on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

Chicago would get on the board first in the first inning.  A lead off single by Dexter Fowler, and a one-out double by the suddenly streaking Anthony Rizzo would give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.

The Dodgers would answer, but it wouldn’t be until the fourth inning.  Howie Kendrick doubled and stole third, and was later driven by a grounder hit by Adrian Gonzalez that Rizzo bobbled.

The score would remain tied until the top half of the sixth inning.  Joe Blanton came in for Grant Dayton trying to keep the game knotted at one.  Instead Cubs infielder Javier Baez greeted him with a single to center.  Addison Russell then broke the tie with a two-run home run to center field giving Chicago a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.  To be sure of that, they would add another five runs in the top of the eighth.

Los Angeles would make an attempt by putting a few dents in Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman‘s armor, but would end up falling short and dropping the pivotal game five 8-4.  It was noted that the team that won game five, went on to the World Series nine out of the last ten times.  Could be good news for the city of Chicago.

The two teams lock up again on Saturday at Wrigley Field.  Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to take the mound for Los Angeles against the Cubs Kyle Hendricks.  The Cleveland Indians await the winner of this series, and would probably be ok with these two teams battling it out and taking the series to seven games.

Top Performers

Cubs
Javier Baez: 3-for-5, R, 3 RBI, SB
Addison Russell: 2-for-5. 2 R, 2 RBI, HR
Jon Lester: 7 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 H, BB, 6 K

Dodgers
Andrew Toles: 1-for-1, R, RBI
Carlos Ruiz: 1-for-4. 2B, RBI

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