Cubs win NL Division Series, beat Cardinals 6-4 in Game 4
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 14, 2015 11:56 AM
Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (44) hits a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning of Game 4 in baseball's National League Division Series, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field for the first time ever, as Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez made home runs in a 6-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday to win the National League Division Series in four games.
Only once since they last brought home the World Series in 1908 had the Cubs won a playoff series and never before had they finished off the job at their century-plus-old ballpark.
Closer Hector Rondon struck out Stephen Piscotty on a pitch in the dirt, and catcher Miguel Montero scooped the ball and made the tag to end it. That sent the Cubs streaming out of the dugout to start a wild celebration.
"They deserve it," Rizzo said in the middle of the party. "Hopefully, this is just a taste of what's to come."
Up-and-comers all season, first-year manager Joe Maddon's bunch of wild-card Cubs had arrived.
The Cubs are headed to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2003. They beat Atlanta in the NLDS that year, but then lost in seven games to the Marlins. Chicago dropped those final two at home, including the infamous Bartman defeat in Game 6.
Chicago will face the winner of the Los Angeles Dodgers-New York Mets matchup. The Mets took a 2-1 lead into Game 4 Tuesday night.