The Cubs are headed back to Wrigley Field with a chance to confront history and clinch a trip to their first World Series since 1945 after defeating the Dodgers 8-4 in Game 5 of the NLCS last night. They lead the series 3-2.
Jon Lester allowed one run over 7 innings and Addison Russell’s 2-run sixth inning home run off of Joe Blanton broke a 1-1 deadlock to give the North Siders the lead for good. Chicago piled on 5 more runs in the 8th inning to put the game out of reach.
The Cubs bats, which were dormant through three games of the series, have awakened in scoring 18 runs over the last 2, both wins.
The last time the Cubs had a chance to clinch a World Series berth in an NLCS Game 6 at Wrigley was in 2003 against the Marlins, the infamous “Bartman Game”, which they lost, and followed up with a Game 7 collapse.
Winning Game 6 will be no easy task, as Chicago will have to overcome Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw, in addition to the overwhelming historical pressure, which will surely be thick in the Wrigley Field air tomorrow night.
Here are the full game highlights from Game 5 last night.