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NLCS Game 6: Hendricks Deals Gem; Cubs Headed To World Series After 71 Year Drought

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after hitting a double in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 22: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after hitting a double in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

For the first time since Harry Truman was President of the United States, the Chicago Cubs have won the National League Pennant and a trip to the World Series to face the Cleveland Indians.

After decades of 100 loss seasons and trying to end the “Curse of the Billy Goat, Manager Joe Maddon has

Dexter Fowler started Game 6 just like he did Game 5 with a leadoff hit, this time a double off of Dodgers’ Ace LHP Clayton Kershaw to get the Cubs rolling from the start. A RBI single by Kris Bryant sent Fowler home and gave Chicago the 1-0 lead.

The first inning success for the Cubs continued as Anthony Rizzo was able to reach on an error by Andrew Toles to put runners at second and third. Rizzo ended his NLCS slump his the fifth inning of Game 4 when he began using teammate Matt Szczur’s bat, ever since then it has been magic for the first baseman.

Bryant then scored off a sac fly by Ben Zobrist for a 2-0 ballgame.

Fowler then racked up another RBI in the bottom of the second when he hit a ground ball to left to give the Cubs a three run advantage.

Willson Contreras hit his first homer of the postseason in the bottom of the fourth on a line drive to left field.

In the bottom of the fifth, Rizzo added to his recent offensive explosion, this time with a solo homer on a fly ball to right center field for the 5-0 game.

Kershaw went just five innings as he allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits, striking out four.

Cubs’ starter RHP Kyle Hendricks gave up a leadoff hit to Andrew Toles and then faced the minimum amount of hitters until the eighth inning when he allowed a single to Josh Reddick. In his stellar outing on Saturday night he allowed just two hits in 7.1 innings of shutout ball, striking out six batters.

Aroldis Champman then came in to close the eighth by forcing a double play on a ground ball to Howie Kendrick.

The Cubs have one more curse to break: win the World Series for the first time since 1908.

The NLCS MVP Honors went to both LHP Jon Lester and infielder Javier Baez.

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The Chicago Cubs will now face the Cleveland Indians who will host Game 1 of the World Series at Progressive Field on Tuesday night.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

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Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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