Chicago Cubs defeat Dodgers to win National League, headed to World Series
For the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs are headed to the World Series. The team ended their 71 year drought with a win at home on Saturday night, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in game six of the NLCS.
The Cubs will now head to the Fall Classic for a match up with American League Champions, the Cleveland Indians.
Saturday's victory places the Cubs just four wins away from a World Series Title- one which would be the city's first since 1908.
Chicago came out swinging at Wrigley Field, putting up a crooked number in the first inning and never looking back.
Catcher Willson Contreras boosted the Cubs to 4-0 in the fourth with a home run to left field; and Anthony Rizzo brought the team their final run in the fifth when he became the fist left-handed batter to homer off of Dodgers Clayton Kershaw since Daniel Murphy last postseason.
The Cubs trailed in the series 2-1, before winning the final three games on the road at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. That offensive push- bolstered by Kris Bryant and Javier Baez both batting over .300, and homers from Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell in game four- sent Chicago into game six with renewed momentum.
Pitcher Kyle Hendricks ran with that momentum, throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings and striking out six batters as the Cubbies shut out Los Angeles to clinch the pennant and a trip to the big show.
Chicago will take on the Indians in Cleveland on Tuesday, October 25th for game one of the Fall Classic.