Recap: Chicago Cubs didn’t blow banner raising day beating the Dodgers 3-2
Even thought the Dodgers had plenty of opportunities in later innings to put this one away, the Chicago Cubs did what they do best and that’s getting timely hits to win close games. I can actually say there isn’t a better team in baseball that win close games. They make for some really tense ones to watch but this matchup will most likely be one we will see later in the playoffs.
The night obviously started off with a pretty cool banner ceremony where it looked like the players really didn’t know what was going on but was still cool. They had players like Billy Williams and Ryne Sandberg pulling up banners from past teams and for winning the NL. But it was something that no one has ever seen on planet Earth before yesterday and that’s the Cubs pulling up a World Series Banner. It was capped off with the whole team walking onto the field holding the World Series trophy a sight that was just amazing to see.
“That pregame ceremony,’’ Rizzo said, “I wasn’t expected to get hit with that many emotions. It was amazing. It was just an honor for me, my family, to be part of this city for the really bad times, and now for the good times.
As for the game, it did not disappoint either. We had ourselves a really nice pitchers duel. John Lester looked to be dialed in until late in the game. He had six strong innings only letting up four hits and seven strikeouts in the outing. Maybe because of the cold night but the Chicago Cubs had a little problem with errors. They had a total of five. A little unheard of being the best defensive team in baseball by a large margin in 2016.
The Cubs had the perfect situation in hand after knocking the starter Alex Wood out after only putting in 3 2/3 and having two runs. But that was where the Dodgers bullpen stepped up big and the Cubs bullpen really couldn’t find the strike zone the whole night. The Dodgers really came into the game in the Sixth inning off a Double by Corey Seager that scored a run. When the Cubs brought in Carl Edwards Jr. is when it got real dicey when he walked two batters and when there was catcher’s interference by Willson Contreras. That loaded the bases for Justin Grimm who got the Cubs out of a jam popping out Joc Pederson and then getting Andrew Toles to ground into a double play.
We had another great play from the combination of Willson Contreras and Javy Baez. I think that we will see a lot more of these during the year but this one got us out of a big jam.
All in all the game was won on a great at bat by Anthony Rizzo who comes thru again for the Chicago Cubs in the ninth inning. This will mark the sixth time in his career he has had a walk-off RBI hit.