The Chicago Cubs are headed to the World Series for the first time in 71 years. The Cubs won the National League Championship Series with a 5-0 Game 6 victory over the LA Dodgers in front of their home fans.
The Cubs were completely dominant in tonight’s win. It started with Kyle Hendricks and ended with closer Aroldis Chapman.
The Dodgers had four total base runners, but Cubs pitching only faced the minimum. Andrew Toles led off the game with a single, but Corey Seager followed by hitting into a double play. In the 2nd inning, Josh Reddick reached on an error. However, with two outs, he was picked off.
Reddick singled with one out in the 7th inning to chase Hendricks’ from the game (despite throwing just 88 pitches). That brought in Chapman, who got pinch-hitter Howie Kendrick to hit into an inning ending double play.
Carlos Ruiz pinch-hit with one out in the ninth and walked against Chapman. Yasiel Puig was the next pinch-hitter and hit into a game ending double play on the first pitch he saw to set off the celebration.
Meanwhile, the Cubs got to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the very first inning. Back-to-back hits to start the bottom of the first put the Cubs up 1-0. After a fielding error, former KC Royal Ben Zobrist drove in another run with a sac fly (0-for-3 with a strikeout).
The Cubs tacked on another run in the second before solo home runs from Wilson Contreras in the fourth and Anthony Rizzo in the fifth. That was all for Kershaw. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen threw three perfect innings of relief with four strikeouts.
The NLCS had co-MVPs: starter Jon Lester and second baseman Javy Baez. In two starts in the NLCS (two wins), Lester allowed just two runs on nine hits and two walks over 13 innings. Baez hit .368 in the NLCS.
The World Series will begin on Tuesday night in Cleveland in a battle of the Central Divisions.