It took seventy years, but a young and aggressive Cubs team behind the strong starting pitching of Cy Young Award candidate Kyle Hendricks has put the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. It’s their first appearance since 1945.
The Cubs looked strong right off the bat, with leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler doubling off of Dodgers’ starter Clayton Kershaw to begin the game. Kershaw was far from his dominating self that Cubs fans saw in game 2, giving up five earned runs and two home runs before being pulled from the game.
Rather, it was Hendricks who dominated, pitching seven-plus shutout innings in which the Dodgers never really threatened to score, Hendricks facing just one batter over the minimum number he could. When manager Joe Madden pulled him in the seventh inning, some Cubs fans pleaded with the manager to leave him in. Madden got the last laugh, however, with reliever Aroldis Chapman getting the next batter to hit into a double play, another sign of how well he has managed this young Cubs team.
The final score was Cubs 5, Dodgers 0, with Hendricks getting the win to take the series 4-2. Chapman shut the door on the Dodgers, but will not be credited with a save. Cubs fans breaking out to sing the ‘Go Cubs Go’ song as the team celebrated on the field.
‘Eyewitness News’ Sports anchor Josh Filomeno was at the game and will be getting reaction.
While the curse is gone, the Cubs journey is not yet done, as they now head to Cleveland to take on a rested Cleveland Indians team in the World Series. Cleveland impressed many with how they were able to silence the impressive bats of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Cubs, who have struggled at times against good starting pitching, will have their hands full.
The Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908.
The World Series begins Tuesday night at 7pm on Fox-39, and Sports Director Scott Leber will also travel to Cleveland to cover games 1 and 2.