It was the tale of the Big Inning. In the 8th the **Dodgers** (94 – 74) mounted a serious threat and clawed their way back to even. With clever game management they had forced the **Cubs** (108 – 59) to bench their 100+ mph Closer after only 2 Outs and despite finishing the Inning in a Tie they looked like they were going to make mincemeat of the Cubs Set Up Guy (the best they had left).

And then the **Cubs’** Montero who generally is not considered a hitting threat pounded a Grand Slam.

Oh sure, the **Dodgers** scored as expected, but the game was over.

**Yesterday’s Game**

Bottom 1st- Leadoff Single. RBI Double. Cubs 1 – 0.

Bottom 2nd- Leadoff Triple. RBI Double. Cubs 2 – 0. Báez Stole Home. Cubs 3 – 0.

Top 5th- Solo Shot. Cubs 3 – 1.

Top 8th- Leadoff Single. Walk. Infield Single. 2 RBI Single. Tied at 3.

Bottom 8th- Leadoff Double. Intentional Walk. Intentional Walk. Grand Slam. Cubs 7 – 3. Solo Shot. Cubs 8 – 3.

Top 9th- Infield Single. RBI Double. Cubs 8 – 4 Final.

Cubs lead Series 1 – 0

Today the Cubs go with the lighter part of their staff, sending Kyle Hendricks (R, 16 – 8, 2.13 ERA) to the mound. He’s not bad (heh, led the Senior League in ERA) and didn’t embarrass himself in the Division Series notching a No Decision on 3 and 1/3rd Innings, benched by a Line Shot to his arm. He surrendered 4 Hits for 2 Runs, no Walks or Strike Outs and has a respectable ERA of 5.11.

But he will be facing Clayton Kershaw (L, 12 – 4, 1.69 ERA) that the fawning bi-costal media think is a Superman. Well, he’s pretty good but he’s been getting a lot of work, starting Game 1 and Game 4, relieving in Game 5. 110+ Pitches in his Win, 2/3rds of an Inning in his Save. Once again he’s going on short rest and he’s not unbeatable. In 12 1/3rd Innings in the Divisional Series he’s given up 15 Hits for 8 Runs and issued 3 Walks against 19 Strike Outs. His ERA is a distinctly competitive 5.84.

So it’s a pick ’em. Should be an interesting game. If the Dodgers pull off a win tonight Home Field advantage will shift to them. If not they pretty much have to sweep their Home games to remain in contention.

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K. 1

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First Pitch Strike.

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Leadoff Solo Shot. Dodgers 1 – 0

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Dodgers 1 – 0 Final.