Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sports: MLB (NLCS)

The National League has two stellar teams facing off with the World Series in sight. The Chicago Cubs are making a historic run with the best record in the league and a team that seems unstoppable. The Los Angeles Dodgers survived the NLDS and will take their team to Chicago for a chance at a championship.                            
Game 1: Jon Lester started on the mound for Chicago and Kenta Maeda for Los Angeles. Kris Bryant put the Cubs up 1-0 early with an RBI double in the bottom of the 1st. Javier Baez knocked in a run in the bottom of the 2nd then stole home to give the Cubs a 3-run lead. Andre Ethier hit a home run in the top of the 5th but the Dodgers were still down 1-3. In the top of the 8th, Adrian Gonzalez (1B) hit a single to drive in Andrew Toles and Chase Utley tying the game at 3 runs. The Cubs responded when Miguel Montero pinch-hitting for closer Aroldis Chapman hit a grand slam putting Chicago up 7-3. Dexter Fowler followed that with a solo homer broadening the Cubs lead to 8-3. The Dodger got one run back with  Andrew Toles's ninth inning double but it was not enough. The Cubs take the first game in the series 8-4.
Game 2: Kyle Hendricks started for the Cubs and Clayton Kershaw started for the Dodgers. Adrian Gonzalez (1B) homered in the top of the 2nd to put the Dodger up 1-0 in a pitching duel. The score held, the Dodger held the lead tying the series at one game each.
Game 3: In Los Angeles, the Dodgers start Rich Hill and the Cubs start Jake Arrieta. In the bottom of the 3rd, Corey Seager (SS) singled in a run. The next inning, Yasmani Grandal (C) hit a two-run home run to put the Dodgers up 3-0. Another Dodgers home run in the bottom of the 6th from Justin Turner (3B) puts Los Angeles up 4-0. The Dodgers extended their lead with Joc Pederson's double and Yasmani Grandal's RBI groundout to 6-0. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the series 2-1.
Game 4: John Lackey started pitching for the Cubs and the Dodgers started Julio Urias. Urias had a rough 4th inning giving up a single to Wilson Contreras (C), an RBI ground out to Jason Heyward (RF), and a two-run home run to Addison Russell (SS). Pedro Baez took over pitching but gave up a home run to Anthony Rizzo (1B). The Dodgers finally got on the board when Justin Turner drove in two runs with a single in the bottom of the 5th. Dexter Fowler earned another run for the Cubs with a single to put the Cubs up 6-2. They extend their lead when Anthony Rizzo singled in two more runs, and Javier Baez hit a sacrifice fly that led to an error and two more runs for the Cubs so they went up 10-2. This blowout went easily to the Chicago Cubs to tie the series 2-2.
Game 5: Seeking to break the tie, the Dodgers start Kenta Maeda and the Cubs start Jon Lester. Chicago took the lead early when Anthony Rizzo (1B) doubled in a run in the top of the 1st. The Dodgers tied the game when Adrian Gonzalez (1B) grounded out but Howie Kendrick scored. Addison Russell (SS) put the Cubs on top in the top of the 6th with a two-run home run. In the top of the 8th Dexter Fowler singled in a run, then Kris Bryant did the same, then Javier Baez doubled to drive in three more to put the Cubs up 8-1. The Dodgers scored in the bottom of the 8th off of Carlos Ruiz's doulbe and in the bottom of the 9th of Josh Reddick's single and Andrew Toles sacrifice fly but those three runs were not enough to stop the Dodgers from losing. The Cubs won 8-4 and lead the series 3-2.
Game 6: Facing elimination, the Dodgers start their ace Clayton Kershaw while the Cubs look to the World Series and start Kyle Hendricks. The Cubs take control in the bottom of the 1st when Kris Bryant singled and Ben Zobrist hit a sacrifice fly to knock in two runs. They added another run in the bottom of the 2nd when Dexter Fowler singled to go up 3-0. Wilson Contreras homered in the bottom of the 4th and Anthony Rizzo homered in the bottom of the 5th to go up 5-0. The Cubs completed the series with another dominant win and move on to the World Series. 

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