Cubs Win S17 Championship, Defeat Rays 4-2 in SeriesS17 Championship: Cubs at Rays
Game 1: After the Rays took a 3-1 lead, the Cubs almost rallied in the 9th. Ernie Banks hit a homer, and then Chicago loaded the bases. Glasnow was able to get Baez out, earning the save. Rays win 3-2
Game 2: The Cubs were able to get a dominant pitching performance from ace Jake Arrieta, who gave up just 1 run, with run support. Sosa and Banks hit home runs, and Sosa collected 4 hits in 4 at bats for Chicago, in a 4-1 victory.
Game 3: A wild game in Chicago. The Cubs open up with 3 runs in the first inning, hitting 2 home runs. The Rays clawed back, tying the game at 3-3 in the 5th inning, then taking a 5-3 lead in the top of the 8th. A Baez grand slam in the bottom of the 8th put the Cubs back up 8-5, and the Rays answered with 3 runs of in the 9th to tie the game again, 8-8. Tampa Bay scored 3 runs in the 11th inning to take the lead and won 11-8. Rays' Ben Zobrist scored 4 times in this one, getting on base in 4 of 5 at bats.
Game 4: The Cubs built an early lead in this one, scoring 2 runs in the first inning. The Rays got within a run in the bottom of the 5th inning to make the score 6-5, then the Cubs pulled away, winning 10-5 to even the series.
Game 5: Cubs use their homefield advantage to get to lefty Blake Snell, loading the bases in the first inning and scoring 2, then continuing to build their lead. Harden just gives up 1 run in nearly 7 innings, and the Cubs win 5-2, taking a 3-2 series lead.
Game 6: Arrieta pitched well again, giving up just 2 runs over 8 innings. The game was tied 2-2 in the 5th inning, when disaster struck the Rays. After getting 2 Cubs players out, starting pitcher James Shields walked 3 batters in a row, loading the bases. A Kris Bryant double in the next at bat netted 3 RBIs, sending all the walked batters home, and the Cubs cruised the rest of the way, winning 6-3 to take the title in Tampa.
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1 OAK Athletics (98-64)
2 DET Tigers (92-70)
3 TB Rays (91-71)
4 CHI White Sox (91-71)
5 LA Angels (85-77)
AL Wildcard: 5 LA Angels at 4 CHI White Sox White Sox win 4-1
4 CHI White Sox at 1 OAK Athletics
White Sox sweep series 3-0
3 TB Rays at 2 DET Tigers
Rays sweep series 3-0
4 CHI White Sox at 3 TB Rays
Rays sweep series 4-0
1 STL Cardinals (104-58)
2 ATL Braves (94-68)
3 SF Giants (83-79)
4 PHI Phillies (92-70)
5 CHI Cubs (91-71)
NL Wildcard 5 CHI Cubs at 4 PHI Phillies Cubs win 3-1
5 CHI Cubs at 1 STL Cardinals
Cubs win series 3-2
3 SF Giants at 2 ATL Braves
Giants sweep series 3-0
5 CHI Cubs at 3 SF Giants
Cubs win series 4-3