SAN FRANCISCO -- The
But, oh, man, after pulling off their most dramatic ninth-inning comeback in their postseason history, the Cubs are going to need a few days just to sooth their nerves, pulling off a zany 6-5 victory over the
The Cubs, scoring four runs in the ninth inning off five Giants’ relievers, are off to their second consecutive NLCS, and eight victories shy of their first World Series title since 1908.
They’ll play again Saturday evening at
The Giants, who's run of World Series titles in an even-numbered years comes to an end, had their 10-game winning streak in elimination games end.
The Giants had the game in hand heading into the ninth inning. Matt Moore pitched eight strong innings and allowed just one earned run over two hits before manager
"I would like to think you're going to get three outs there," said Bochy. "We couldn't do it. Because of the job he did, we had all the guys set up, we just couldn't get outs."
In comes Javier Lopez. He walks
In comes closer Sergio Romo. Ben Zobrist rips an RBI double down the right field line to cut the deficit to 5-3.
In comes Will Smith. Pinch hitter
In comes Hunter Strickland, the fifth reliever of the inning.
David Ross ground into an inning-ending double play.
"We played them tough," said Bochy. "The first game could have gone either way. We couldn't score there. What a job (Johnny) Cueto did. And tonight, it got away from us. But good teams find a way to come back, and they did it."
"With this team, the big thing is we never give up, we never quit," said Cubs pitcher