Lester, Cubs edge Giants in NLDS opener at Wrigley


But Toronto centre fielder Pillar opened the fifth with a solo homer to left. If, God forbid, the Cubs do not win the NLDS, your risk of losing significant money dumping the tickets is minimal as the Dodgers would face the Giants, their arch-rival.

Javier Baez’s game-winning homer landed in a basket separating the bleachers from Angel Pagan’s glove.

Cueto retired his first 10 batters and had the Cubs shaking their heads all night long.

CHICAGO turned back San Francisco, 1-0, in the opening game of the National League Division Series on Friday (Saturday, Manila time). That same cross wind that muffled Baez’s hit kept Posey’s drive from clearing the fence, and he had to settle for a double. “I just haven’t got one as a starter”. “Didn’t mean to show anybody up”.

Cueto, varying his delivery to keep the Cubs off balance, struck out 10 and allowed three hits. They haven’t won the World Series since 1908. “But Javy’s been a superstar for us all year”. A Fox Sports 1 camera cut to a fist-pumping Bill Murray just before and right after the Baez homer.

“I learned something a year ago. you got to win three games“, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. And if it’s there for him, he’s swinging.

Guyer had three hits for the Indians, who also got RBIs from Jason Kipnis and Rajai Davis. “And (Cueto) was making his pitches”. And despite his semi-apology, Baez was defiant on Twitter after the game.

An aggressive, sometimes out-of-control player began to mature, impacted by the death of his sister at the beginning of last season. Cubs manager Joe Maddon has said he’s suited for the job.

Scherzer surrendered both home runs over six innings after yielding 31 home runs during the regular season. With us, it’s a different guy every night. “But we also know the wind is blowing and I’m playing outfield, I knew the wind was blowing the other way”. It doesn’t always have to be the MVP candidates.

“It’s been all year where guys are tying to take advantage of Jon with big leads and different things”, Ross said.

The San Francisco Giants look to even their NLDS at the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. “Good teams don’t give up”. From Johnny to Jay to Jimmy, the most consistent monologue fodder for late night hosts has been the endlessly failing Chicago Cubs.

“He’s confident and that type of attitude is infectious”.

The Giants put Eduardo Nunez on their roster for the NLDS after the third baseman had been sidelined since September 25 with a strained right hamstring.

Facing the NL East champs, Kershaw’s three runs might not sound like an exorbitant total, but an opponent scored that many only once in the lefty’s preceding 16 starts.

Cueto was outstanding, following up Madison Bumgarner’s four-hitter in San Francisco’s wild-card win at NY with his own gem. Jon Lester and Johnny Cueto were locked in a pitcher’s duel all night. Chicago’s National League team has had well-documented issues with postseason -dating back to 1945, the last time Wrigley played host to a World Series. “CUE-TO!” didn’t bother him. Wearing a white Kris Bryant jersey, former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka fired up the crowd before the first pitch.

“That was just to see what they might do against our bunt defense”, Ross said.

“I think the way we’re constructed we need to have versatility, because if somebody gets hurt or we need to be able to maximize our roster, with guys like Mike Aviles a couple of years ago, and certainly Jose now, it allows us if there’s an injury to move him, ” manager Terry Francona said.

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