The Chicago Cubs beat up the three-time Cy Young Award victor and took advantage of Los Angeles' shaky defense on their way to a 5-0 victory Saturday night, leaving the Dodgers still in search of their first World Series trip since winning the title in 1988.
Joe Maddon pulled him in favor of Aroldis Chapman, and the decision paid off as Joc Pederson grounded into a double play to end the inning with the Cubs ahead.
The Cubs will face the American League Champion Cleveland Indians in the first game of the best-of-seven series Tuesday night in Cleveland. A $100 bet on the Indians would pay $155 if they win.
The Cubs' looseness was evident from the start, as Russell imitated riding a motorcycle after hitting a leadoff double in the second, and Baez stepped in front of the much taller Rizzo at first to catch Josh Reddick's popup in the fourth.
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The Cubs' fundamental blueprint was executed to near perfection from the start, as they outplayed a fundamentally challenged Dodgers outfit.
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He gave up five runs (four earned) over five innings, including two home runs. Not after beating the Dodgers, 5-0, in a deciding Game 6 of the NL Championship Series. Starter Kyle Hendricks was brilliant into the eighth inning. The only other hit Hendricks allowed was on the game's first pitch. He fell to 4-7 in postseason games over his career; a stark contrast to his dominance in regular season games. Nobody thought making it back to the World Series could be so angst-free. "Pitching on five days" rest, the three-time NL Cy Young Award victor threw 30 pitches in the first.
Dexter Fowler hit a ground-rule double on Kershaw's third pitch of the night, and the Cubs were off and running. Fowler led off with a double against the three-time NL Cy Young Award victor, and Bryant's single had the crowd shaking the 102-year-old ballpark. Two batters later, the Cubs added another run for on a Ben Zobrist sacrifice fly after Dodgers left fielder Andrew Toles had dropped a fly ball for an error.