These Cubs don’t quit. These Cubs never give up. Trailing by three runs in the ninth inning, the Cubs scored four runs in the ninth and beat the Giants 6-5 in Game 4 of the NLDS. And the Cubs advanced to the National League Championship Series.
The Cubs scored two runs on two hits through the first eight innings off Matt Moore. David Ross homered and he drove in Javier Baez with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo started the comeback in the ninth. Bryant singled off Derek Law and Rizzo walked against left Javier Lopez. Ben Zobrist stepped to the plate representing the tying run. And Zobrist doubled to right off Sergio Romo, the Giants third reliever of the inning. Bryant scored and the Cubs had the tying runs in scoring position with no outs.
Joe Maddon then out-managed Bruce Bochy. Maddon went to his bench for Chris Coghlan to hit for Addison Russell. Bochy went to his pen for lefty Will Smith and Maddon sent up Willson Contreras to hit for Coghlan. Contreras delivered the game-tying hit.
The Cubs became the fifth team with game-tying RBI in the 9th inning or later of back-to-back postseason games.
With Jason Heyward at second after a botched sacrifice bunt and a throwing error by Brandon Crawford, Javier Baez stepped in against Hunter Strickland and got a little payback.
The Cubs took a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth. And Aroldis Chapman took the hill looking for redemption.
The Cubs eliminated the Giants and advanced in the tournament.
For the first time in franchise history, the Cubs are playing in the National League Championship Series in consecutive years.
The National League Championship Series begins Saturday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs will take on either the Nationals or Dodgers in the best-of-seven series.