Former Royals in the postseason: Cubs tie up NLCS

After being shut out for two straight games, the Chicago Cubs’ offense busted out to win Game 4 of the National League Championship Series (10-2) and tied the series at 2-2. The Cubs also guaranteed that the series will return to Chicago on Saturday night.

2016nlcslogoIt was a sloppy game, with the Dodgers committing four errors and the Cubs committing two. There were also some base running blunders and mental mistakes.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth when the Cubs broke through for four runs against Dodgers rookie starter Julio Urias. The inning started with former KC Royal Ben Zobrist‘s single and he came around to score two singles later. After an RBI ground out, Addison Russell hit a two-run home run. Urias was pulled a batter later.

Anthony Rizzo gave the Cubs a 5-0 lead in the top of the fifth with a solo homer.

After back-to-back walks to start the bottom of the fifth, Cubs starter John Lackey was pulled (not without a fight) in favor of former Royal Mike Montgomery. Montgomery allowed two singles, including one to Justin Turner that deflected off his glove to score two runs for the Dodgers.

In the top of the sixth, the Cubs came right back and broke the game open with five more runs. In that inning, Montgomery picked up his second career big league hit, a single with one out. He would score on Rizzo’s single.

In the bottom of the sixth, Montgomery pitched a perfect inning (a strikeout and two ground outs). He was credited with the victory.

Zobrist ended up going 2-for-5.

 

Game 5 will be played tomorrow night in LA, with a Game 1 starter rematch: Kenta Maeda for the Dodgers against Jon Lester for the Cubs.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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