Giant stunner: Inside the Cubs’ clinching rally


SAN FRANCISCO — For eight innings, the Chicago Cubs looked like anything but themselves. They certainly did not look like the best team in baseball. All signs pointed to an NLDS Game 5 taking place Thursday back at Wrigley Field against a San Francisco Giants team that would have all the momentum.

Then the ninth inning happened. Make that then the incredible happened.

“We didn’t play Cubs baseball for eight innings,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said in a champagne-soaked locker room after the game. “We didn’t have good at-bats. We weren’t playing heads up. We weren’t ourselves. That frustration contributed to the eruption in the ninth.”

Down 5-2, the Cubs scored four times and won 6-5 to shock a team that had won 10 straight games when facing elimination. It all came crashing down on San Francisco in a manner of minutes, as Cubs veterans started the rally and young players finished it off to send the Giants home for the winter.

“Hitting before the ninth inning is clearly overrated,” Epstein said with a smile.

How it happened

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