Game six set for tomorrow.
Heading into the sixth inning of the NLDS, the Cubs and Dodgers were all tied up. Cubs pitcher Jon Lester struck out six, walked one and allowed a run on five hits in seven innings, leading the Cubs to an 8-4 win and a 3-2 series lead.
“It’s certainly a credit to [Pitcher Jon Lester],” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I thought that when we did get a little bit of traffic, I thought that we put a little pressure on him. But he’s a great pitcher. He’s a great pitcher who competes and finds ways to get outs when he needs to. So we had some opportunities, but those guys got the hit when they needed.”
“It’d be foolish for us to get ahead of ourselves, because any time you think like that, it never goes the way you want it to,” the Cubs’ Kris Bryant said. “We’ll be ready to go for Game 6.”
Game six kicks off tomorrow and taking the mound for the Cubs will be sending out RHP Kyle Hendrix (16-8, 2.13 ERA) to the mound while the Dodgers will start LHP Clayton Kershaw (12-4, 1.69 ERA). Clayton and Kershaw faced off in Game two, with Kershaw getting a rare 1-0 shutout against the Cubs.
Affordable tickets and great seats are still available for tomorrows game, so be sure to grab yours and get to the ballpark and help cheer on your Chicago Cubs into the Fall Classic!
Series with Brewers begins tonight
The Chicago Cubs (93-52, 1st NL Central) took two of three games against the St. Louis Cardinals (76-69, 2nd NL Central), the last of which was a 7-0 shutout at Busch Stadium. Now the hard work begins as the Cubs have the opportunity to close out the season and capture their first NL Central title in seven years in front of home fans tonight.
“It’s been the Cardinals’ division for so many years now,” Anthony Rizzo (who had a pair of home runs) said. “We’re going to really enjoy it when we do clinch tomorrow or whenever it happens. We’re not going to take it for granted.”
“They pitched really well against us this series,” Cardinals outfielder Brandon Mosssaid. “[Kyle] Hendricks came out and threw a one-hitter [on Monday]. Then Lester came out and threw eight shutout innings. Tip your hat and move on. Not everybody is going to be that good every day. Just move on and go into a really big series [in San Francisco] and hopefully do better than we did this series.”
“Everybody talked about [clinching] coming into St. Louis, and we had a chance,” Jon Lester said. “We have to focus on the baseball side when we show up to play. Obviously, it’s right there in front of us. We have to try to win [Thursday].”
With a win over the Brewers tonight (or a Giants win over the Cardinals), the Cubs can clinch the division outright so get out and grab your tickets to the game today. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Chicago Cubs!
On a night when League Leader in Home Runs Bryce Harper notched his 18th of the season, this game came down to some stellar pitching.
Cubbie Jon Lester gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits to include a home run. He also had two walks with ten strikeouts in seven innings.
“Max threw the ball just a little bit better than I did,” Lester said. “Obviously, we lost, and that’s not the ultimate goal, but if you’re a pitcher or just a purist of the game and like watching pitching matchups, that was fun tonight. That’s what it lived up to be.”
The Cubs begin a three game stand against the KC Royals today. Affordable tickets and great seats are still available so get yours today and help support your Chicago Cubs!