The Chicago Cubs scored four runs in the top of ninth inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the NLDS.
It took history for the Chicago Cubs to eliminate the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. On a night where it looked like the Giants were going to force a Game 5, the bats came alive for the Cubs when they needed them most. It all started in the top of the ninth inning.
After the Giants had built a 5-2 lead heading into the final frame, a series of strange events plagued the Giants. The bullpen, which had blown the lead the night before, allowed the first two batters to get on base. The Giants would then bring in Sergio Romo.
Facing Ben Zobrist, Romo gave up a double down the line and a run scored for the Cubs to pull them within two. With runners at second and third, Bruce Bochy then pulled Romo from the game and brought in Will Smith.
Countering the lefty, Joe Maddon sent out Wilson Contreras to hit. A slow roller up the middle allowed two runs to score and the Cubs had improbably tied the game up. A poor bunt from Jason Heyward would cause Contreras to be out at second, but a poor throw allowed him to advance to second.
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Hunter Strickland came in and Javier Baez singled up the middle to push across the winning run for the Cubs. Aroldis Chapman would lock the game down in the ninth and that would be it for San Francisco. After the two teams looked destined for Game 5, the Cubs pulled off the largest ninth inning comeback in a clinching game. Chicago will now await the winner of Game 5 between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS.