National League Championship Series Game 6 – Cubs 5, Dodgers 0
WP – Kyle Hendricks (1-1) LP – Clayton Kershaw (1-1) Save – None
Kyle Hendricks was brilliant. Hendricks put together the best outing of his career in Game 6 of the NLCS. Hendricks faced the minimum through seven innings and took a one-hit shutout into the eighth inning. Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw in every possible way. Hendricks was calm and cool and just dominated the Dodgers. ‘The Professor’ found a rhythm early and kept the Dodgers off balance for 7 1/3 innings.
Hendricks retired 17 in a row before giving up a one out single to Josh Reddick in the eighth. With the Cubs leading by five runs, Joe Maddon went straight to Aroldis Chapman. Chapman picked up the last five outs, four on double plays. Hendricks and Chapman faced the minimum 27 batters in Game 6 of the NLCS.
Kyle Hendricks gave up two singles and did not walk a batter. Hendricks struck out six on 88 pitches, 57 for strikes, in 7 1/3 innings.
The Cubs jumped on Clayton Kershaw in the first inning and took advantage of a huge error by left fielder Andrew Toles.
Kris Bryant (1-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI) drove in Dexter Fowler (2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a RBI) with the first run. Fowler led off the game with a ground rule double. Andrew Toles dropped a fly off the bat of Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4 with a home run) that put runners on second and third with no outs.
Ben Zobrist (0-for-3 with a sac fly RBI) hit a sac fly to right center that allowed Bryant to score.
Dexter Fowler drove in Addison Russell (1-for-3 with a double and a run scored) in the second with a two-out knock. The Cubs played longball for the other two runs off Clayton Kershaw.
Willson Contreras (1-for-3 with a home run) homered to left leading off the fourth.
And Anthony Rizzo launched a solo homer to right in the fifth.
The Cubs played a complete game Saturday night and punched their ticket to the World Series.
Kyle Hendricks faced the minimum in the first inning on nine pitches, six for strikes, after Javier Baez doubled up Andrew Toles and Corey Seager with an incredible individual effort. Hendricks gave up a single to Toles on the first pitch of the game. Seager rapped into a double play on the first pitch of the at-bat, two pitches and two outs for Hendricks in the first. Baez tagged Toles and threw to Rizzo to complete the double play. Turner flied out to right to end the inning.
The Cubs jumped on Kershaw in the first inning. And it all started with Dexter Fowler.
Fowler led off with a double to right. The ball hit on the track and hopped into the stands for a ground rule double.
Kris Bryant followed with a single to right on a 1-2 pitch. Fowler scored and the Cubs took a 1-0 lead two batters into the game. Anthony Rizzo drove a 2-2 pitch to left center. Andrew Toles looked like he was going to make a routine catch. Toles dropped the ball. Bryant went to third. Rizzo ran to second and the Cubs had runners on second and third with no outs.
Ben Zobrist made contact when the Cubs needed it. Zobrist drove a 1-2 pitch to right center. Pederson caught the ball. Bryant tagged and scored. Rizzo went to third and the Cubs had a 2-0 lead. Baez popped out to Gonzalez near the mound on a 2-2 pitch after a long at-bat. Contreras grounded out to short to end the inning.
After one, the Cubs had a 2-0 lead.
Kyle Hendricks kept dealing in the second and he picked up his defense. Josh Reddick reached on an error by Javier Baez with one down. After Hendricks struck out Pederson, he picked off Reddick from first base to end the inning.
The Cubs went right back to work in the bottom of the second.
Addison Russell led off with a double to left. Russell smoked the 2-2 pitch from Kershaw. The ball one-hopped the ivy and Russell cruised into second base. Turner robbed Almora Jr. of a hit down the third baseline with an excellent backhanded stop. Gonzalez scooped the low throw at first and Russell had to hold. Hendricks worked a full count before he was caught looking for the second out.
Dexter Fowler picked up the run the Cubs needed. Fowler ripped a 0-2 pitch into left. Russell scored and the Cubs took a 3-0 lead. Fowler was caught in a rundown between first and second. Seager eventually tagged him out to end the inning.
The Cubs had a 3-0 lead after two innings.
Kyle Hendricks retired the Dodgers in order in the third with a pair of strikeouts. And Hendricks set the side down in order in the fourth.
Willson Contreras led off the fourth and gave his pitcher a little more breathing room. Contreras ripped a homer down the left field line. Contreras’ solo shot gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead.
Kyle Hendricks set the Dodgers down in order in the fifth. Hendricks needed only 55 pitches, 39 for strikes, to complete five innings.
The Cubs added a big run in the fifth courtesy of Anthony Rizzo.
Rizzo launched a homer off Kershaw and the Cubs took a 5-0 lead. With the way Hendricks was pitching, five runs felt like it would be enough for the Cubs.
Kyle Hendricks pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning and a three-up, three-down seventh inning. Hendricks set down 16 in a row and took a one-hit shutout into the eighth inning.
Hendricks started the eighth with a 5-0 lead and retired Gonzalez on a flyout to center. Josh Reddick singled and Maddon did not hesitate going to the bullpen.
Kyle Hendricks walked off the field to a standing ovation as Aerosmith’s Sweet Emotion played in the background. Aroldis Chapman strolled in with the Cubs five outs away from the Pennant.
Howie Kendrick hit a sinking liner toward second. Baez took a step back, let the ball hit and started a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. The Cubs were unable to add on in the eighth. And the game went to the ninth with the Cubs leading 5-0.
Chapman struck out Kike Hernandez swinging for the first out. Carlos Ruiz hit for Utley and walked.
Yasiel Puig bounced Chapman’s first pitch toward short. Addison Russell fielded the ball, threw to Javier Baez and he fired to Anthony Rizzo … Russell to Baez to Rizzo. Cubs Win the Pennant!
With Saturday’s win, the Cubs are the National League Champions.
The Cubs and Indians square off in the World Series. Game 1 is Tuesday night (7:08pm CDT) in Cleveland. Jon Lester and Corey Kluber are the likely Game 1 starters.