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NLDS Game 4: Late Comeback Lifts Cubs Past Giants

It was quite the turn of events Tuesday night in San Francisco.  The Giants were poised to send the best-of-five series back to Chicago for a deciding game five with a 5-2 lead in the ninth.  The Cubs didn’t see it that way, and instead decided to end the game with an epic 4-run inning sending them the the National League Championship Series.

Matt Moore started the game for the Giants and was terrific.  The trade deadline acquisition went eight innings giving up two runs (one earned), walking two, but striking out 10.  He put himself in position to be the savior of the series for the Giants.  The bullpen took on the role of goats.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy went through five pitchers in the ninth inning in an attempt to record just three outs.  What was an issue for most of the season (bullpen) for San Francisco proved to be way too costly Tuesday night.

“We don’t think we’re going to win the World Series every even year.  I mean, it took 50-something years to get one here” Bochy told reporters after the game.

With the Giants sticking around in this series it started to feel like an even-year Championship was going to happen.

The Cubs who haven’t won a pennant since 1945 showed no signs of giving up, and instead battled all the way to the finish.

“You could see it coming. You could see little signs. We’ve done it before, and the guys, we don’t quit.  it’s a little more special doing it here. They for sure were thinking that they won it. But we play 27 outs and we don’t give up until we win” Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler said.

The Cubs will have to wait another couple of days to see who they will play for the right to be in the World Series.  The other NLDS is heading to game five in Washington between the Nationals and the Dodgers.

[Kershaw Leads L.A. to 6-5 Win, Force Game 5]

Could this mean an end to the curse?  Cubs GM Theo Epstein has seen one curse go away.  Is he going to be the mastermind to see a second one disappear?  Still too early to tell, but the Cubs with the roster they have are in position to do so.

Top Performers

Cubs
David Ross: 1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Willson Contreras: 1-for-1, 2 RBI
Aroldis Chapman: 1 IP, 3 K

Giants
Matt Moore: 8 IP, 2 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, 10 K
Conor Gillaspie: 4-for-4, R, RBI
Joe Panik: 2-for-3, R, RBI

John Ginder

Site Co-Founder/Senior Editor and Co-Host at Legends on Deck® The Podcast
In the past John has been a part of such successful sites as MetsMerizedOnline and MetsMinors.net.John was born and raised in upstate New York and has a love of all sports but mainly baseball. He has grown used to heartache with his teams as he roots for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres too.John has a loving and understanding wife and is the the proud father of two amazing boys.He also loves heavy metal music.

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