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November 1
Game 6
Cubs 9 Indians 3

The Cubs won 103 regular season games during the regular, the best in the MLB in 2016. How did they do that? A great lineup, filled with patient hitters who will take walks, that can also hit home runs. A great starting pitching staff, that went deep into games to take the pressure off a good bullpen. The best defense in all of baseball. The Cubs put it all on display facing elimination in game 6 of the World Series.

The Cubs started early when Kris Bryant homered on a hanging curve ball of Josh Tomlin in the first inning with 2 outs. Anthony Rizzo singled, Ben Zobrist singled and Cleveland did the cubs a favor as 2 outfielders let a ball drop that should've been caught giving the Cubs 2 runs and a 3-0 early lead.

Jake Arrieta looked strong early and the Cubs lineup continued to put the pressure on Tomlin and the Indians as they loaded the bases in the 3rd inning before Addison Russell gave the Cubs a 7-0 lead with the first Grand Slam in World Series Cubs history. At 22 years old, only Mickey Mantle was younger when he hit a Grand Slam in the World Series.

The Indians mounted a little comeback making it a 7-2 game, but the Cubs defense wouldn't allow much more. Jason Heyard made a great play on a sinking line drive that ended one Indians rally, Javy Baez turned a great double play. Aroldis Chapman hustled to 1st base to prevent an infield single from Francisco Lindor and in the ninth inning, I'm not sure why Roberto Perez tried to get to second base down by 7 runs, but when he tried, Jason Heyward made a throw from deep right field on the fly to Addison Russell to get the 2nd out of the inning. One more out and the Cubs take it to a final game 7 to win it all.

Cubs do incredibly well when you can name off multiple guys that made an impact. Game 6 surely exhibitied that. Another one like this in game 7 and the 108 year World Series drought will be history!!!!!!!

Hiting

Addison Russell



Bryant's home run in 1st inning




Rizzo adds to the lead



Defense

Chapman covering first base



Full Recap



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October 30
Game 5
Cubs 3 Indians 2

Ryne Sandberg threw out the first pitch for game 5 and Jon Lester took the mound for the Cubs. Lester gave up an early lead on a home run to Jose Ramirez but this night he pitched very well.

Trevor Bauer was matching Lester early until the 4th inning. Kris Bryant led off the inning with a line drive home run to left center field. Anthony Rizzo nearly went back to back, but his drive bounced off the right field wall for a double. Addison Russell drove in the 2nd run with an infield single and when David Ross hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly, the Cubs had all the runs they would need for the night taking a 3-1 lead.

The Indians added one more run in the 6th inning when Rajai Davis, singled, stole second base and scored on a Francisco Lindor single.

Many Cubs fans, Including myself, were shocked to see Miguel Montero pinch hit for David Ross in the bottom of the 6th inning. There wasn't anyone on base so the move seemed to indicate that Cubs manager, Joe Maddon was determined to go to the bullpen in the 7th inning even though Lester had not thrown a lot of pitches and still seemed to be pitching very well.

Maddon brought in Carl Edwards in the top of the 7th. Edwards gave up a single to Mike Napoli and retired one batter before Maddon brought in his closer, Aroldis Chapman. This is the earliest appearance for the Cubs closer all year. But Maddon's move paid off as Chapman struck out 4 batters, allowing just one hit the rest of the way on to the Cubs victory.

The Cubs take the World Series back to Cleveland for Game 6 and hopefully a Game 7 as well.

Ross & Rizzo catch



Cubs fans sing Go Cubs Go after first World Series victory at Wrigley since 10/8/45



Cubs traded a lot of young talent to get Aroldis Chapman for this night



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NLCS Clincher-Cubs Going to World Series!!!

Well, before I give the recap of this historic Cubs victory, the Cubs are going to the World Series!!!!!!!!!

Jake Arrieta won the Cy Young award last year and Jon Lester or Kyle Hendricks may follow him up with that award this season. That being said, to most, Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers left-hander is widely considered the best pitcher in all of baseball. He battled through a back injury in 2016 which will cost him Cy Young consideration for the year, but he shut down the Cubs in game 2 of this series so you had to like the Dodgers chances of sending the series to a game 7. But Kershaw, who has been used a lot in this postseason, was not at his best which was great news for the Cubs offense and Kyle Hendricks.

The Cubs got started early, scoring a run after just hte 2nd batter of the game when Kris Bryant drove in Dexter Fowler. The Cubs seemed to have a good approach of going to the oppoosite field quite often. The Cubs benefited from an error by Dodgers, leftfielder, Andrew Toles. the Cubs had a great start scoring 2 runs in the first inning. Dexter Fowler drove in a run in the thrid inning and the Cubs even managed 2 home runs off Kershaw when Willson Contreras went deep in the 4th inning and Anthony Rizzo drove in the 5th run of the game with a home run in the 5th inning. The Cubs had knocked out Kershaw leading the game 5-0.

Kyle Hendricks gave up a single to Andrew Toles on the first pitche of the game. But when Javy Baez made a great play to tag Toles and turn a double play, Hendricks was really at the top fo his game. Hendricks only gave up one more single in the game before being taken out of the game by Cubs manager, Joe Maddon in the 8th inning. Aroldis Chapman was able to finish up allowing just a walk. When the batter that walked was retired on a double play to end the game, it meant that Hendricks & Chapman had faced the minimum of 27 batters in the game. It is just the 2nd time in postseason history that a team has done this, the only other time was Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

The Cubs put an end to the Curse of the Billy Goat and go to their first World Series since 1945 (71 years). The Cubs will try to break their 108 year old drought without a World Series Championship. The last Cubs World Series championship team was in 1908.

Game ending double play



Statcast gives you the Cubs scoring highlights



Pat Hughes calls some big games in 2016



Kyle Hendricks great performance in Game 6





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November 1, 1938

Cubs pitcher Bill Lee is runner up to MVP to Ernie Lombardi (link to MVP page)
November 1, 1988

Mark Grace finishes 2nd to Chris Sabo in Rookie of the Year voting. Grace hits 7 home runs, drives in 57 runs and hits .296 (link to ROY page)
November 1, 1999

Cubs hire Don Baylor as manager. Baylor has just a 187-220 record as manager of the Cubs over 2 1/2 seasons (2000 to 2002), his best season being 2001 when the Cubs have an 88-74 record but narrowly missing a playoff appearance.

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November 3

Happy birthday, Ken Holtzman, Cubs starting pitcher 1967-1971

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November 4, 1959

Ernie Banks named MVP for the 2nd consecutive season
November 4, 2001

Mark Grace and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the New York Yankees in game 7 of the World Series.
November 4

Happy birthday Eric Karros (Chicago Cubs, 2003)

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November 5, 1997

The Milwaukee Brewers join the National League
November 5

Happy birthday Bryan Lahair (Cubs, 2011-2012)

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November 6, 1998

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kerry Wood, who posted a 13-6 record, wins the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Wood held batters to a NL best .196 average and finished third in the league in strikeouts with 233 in just 166 2/3 innings pitched. (link to ROY pages)

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November 7, 1928

A great move by the Cubs picking up Rogers Hornsby from the Boston Braves. Hornsby hits .380 with 39 home runs and 149 RBI helping to lead the 1929 Cubs to the World Series.
November 7, 1973

A great Cubs infielder, Glenn Beckert is traded to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jerry Morales.
November 7, 1979

Congratulations to Bruce Sutter as he wins the NL Cy Young award going 6-6 with a 2.23 ERA with 37 saves
November 7, 2004

After coming to the Cubs in 2004 in a blockbuster trade, Nomar Garciaparra signs a one year deal to play for the Cubs in 2005.

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November 8, 1989

Congratulations to Cubs outfielder Jerome Walton as he is voted 1989 National League Rookie of the Year Award. Another Cub, Dwight Smith finshes second. Walton becomes the first Cubs Rookie of the Year since Billy Williams won the award in 1961
November 8, 1998

Congratulations to Sammy Sosa for being named MVP after his historic home run race with Mark McGwire. Sosa drives in 158 runs with 66 home runs. Mcgwire got the HR record of 70 (later broken by Barry Bonds), but Sosa gets MVP and the Cubs get a playoff appearance.
November 8

Happy Birthday, Darwin Barney

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November 9, 1912

Frank Chance is sold by the Chicago Cubs to the Cincinnati Reds. Chance will eventually mange the New York Yankees in 1913.
November 9, 1976

The Oakland A's release long-time Cubs great, Billy Williams. Williams, finshes his career with 426 home runs, 1,475 RBI, 2,711 hits, and a .290 batting average.
November 9, 2005

Bob Brenly is hired to announce Cubs games.

November 9

Happy Birthday to former Cubs manager, Jim Riggleman

Fan Duel

What a great way to end the 2015 Regular season at Wrigley Field.  The Cubs had already clinched a playoff berth, but still playing for a better playoff position. They have a great pitcher's duel with the AL 2014 Champion, Kansas City Royals, who have also secured a 2015 playoff position as well.  With the score tied 0-0 in the 11th inning, Chris Denorfia hits his 2nd walk-off hit of the year.  A pinch hit walk off home run that has been reported as the first ever pinch hit walk off home run in a 1-0 game in MLB history. 

 If you like this clip, here are more walk off Cubs victories in 2015:

 


2015 Cubs Walk-off victories

 


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