The Chicago Cubs clinched the National League pennant Saturday in a 5-0 triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers, their first trip to the World Series since 1945.
The team has the opportunity to conquer the longest World Series drought in history: The last Cubs’ World Series success was in 1908, when a baserunning error by New York Giants Fred Merkle gave the Cubs their victory.
MLB ERA champion Kyle Hendricks thoroughly out-pitched ace Clayton Kershaw in a game that won’t be forgotten.
Authoring the finest outing of his career, Hendricks fired 7 1/3 shutout innings of two-hit ball, walking none and striking out six. His offense provided him with all he’d need before Kershaw recorded an out.
Chicago Cubs fans were crossing their fingers as center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) walks back to the dugout during the fourth inning of game six of the 2016 NLCS playoff baseball series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field.
Dexter Fowler led the game off with a double and scored on Kris Bryant’s RBI single for a 1-0 lead. The Cubs added another run on a Ben Zobrist sacrifice fly after Dodgers left fielder Andrew Toles had dropped a fly ball for an error.
Chicago tallied runs in four of the five innings Kershaw pitched and an extra base hit in each of those innings also.
Kershaw took the loss, allowing five runs, four earned in five innings on seven hits while walking none and striking out four.
With the Cubs being hosted by the Indians, the World Series begins Tuesday. First pitch at is 7:08 p.m..
Cubbie held blue “W’’ flags were donned by many people. A traffic pole was climbed by two fans, with one guy shimmying all the way to the top. Police said he was later arrested, as were a few fanatics who lit fireworks.
A bulk of the crowd, however, celebrated the victory calmly. Selfies was taken by many in front of Wrigley Field along with a fair share of partying by the Cubs fans.
Police officers, including about a dozen cops on horseback, kept a close eye on the crowd. And some policemen were seen giving high fives to fans as they walked by.
“I never thought I’d see it,” Dusza, 49, said after attending Saturday’s game. “I can’t even describe what I’m feeling.”
One of the few thousand fanatics who stayed in their own seats an hour after the game finished was Ed Koenig of Darien. His eyes welled up as he talked about his dad, who passed in May.
“He never got to see this,” Koenig said. “I haven’t been to a game this season without him and when my friend won a lottery for these tickets, I thought ‘how am I going to go without my dad?”
But his friend convinced him to go.
Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks said after the game that this win and trip to the World Series was for the fans.
“I hope they enjoy this. They have been waiting a long time,” Hendricks said. “Best fans in the baseball, most dedicated fans, and they deserve a lot more of these.”
The Cubs will face the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 on Tuesday, with the series returning to Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Friday.
“I am sleeping with this tonight. We’re going to the World Series!” Rizzo said as he gave the ball a kiss. Find World Series tickets at The King Of Tickets.
Here is the exact World Series starting times and TV Station.
|Game 1||Tue, Oct. 25||8 p.m.||Progressive Field||TBA||FOX||MLB.tv|
|Game 2||Wed., Oct. 26||8 p.m.||Progressive Field||TBA||FOX||MLB.tv|
|Game 3||Fri., Oct. 28||8 p.m.||Wrigley Field||TBA||FOX||MLB.tv|
|Game 4||Sat., Oct. 29||8 p.m.||Wrigley Field||TBA||FOX||MLB.tv|
|Game 5*||Sun., Oct. 30||8 p.m.||Wrigley Field||TBA||FOX||MLB.tv|
|Game 6*||Tue., Nov. 1||8 p.m.||Progressive Field||TBA||FOX||MLB.tv|
|Game 7*||Wed., Nov. 2||8 p.m.||Progressive Field||TBA||FOX||MLB.tv|