Cubs Take Commanding Lead With Game 2 Victory

By Chandler Guadagnin

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With a 5-2 win over the Giants in Game 2, the Cubs have taken a commanding 2-0 lead in this best of five NLDS. On the brink of elimination, San Francisco must channel those Giants of 2012. Before sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series, the Giants were on the brink of elimination in both the NLDS and NLCS.

The game may have turned out differently had Jeff Samardzija had the ability to remain in the game longer. Samardzija lasted just two innings, giving up four earned runs en route to a 18.00 ERA.

The Giants only scoring came in the third inning by way of a Gregor Blanco RBI double and a Brandon Belt sacrifice fly. That would be the last time a Giant baserunner would cross the plate,  San Francisco was stymied by a combination of Kyle Hendricks and the Cub bullpen.d

Kyle Hendricks pitched brilliantly before being removed from the game following a two out Angel Pagan two out liner struck Hendricks on his throwing arm. After the play ended and Angel Pagan was ruled safe at first, Hendricks was attended to by the medical staff and removed from the contest. Hendricks was replaced by Travis Wood. Maddon’s decision to replace Hendricks with Wood paid off in more ways than one, as Wood would come up in the bottom of the inning and launch a solo homerun into the left field seats. Chicago’s bullpen bridged the gap between Hendricks and Aroldis Chapman, as they fired five and a third innings of shutout baseball, handing the ball over to Chapman in the ninth, who retired the Giants in order to slam the door on Game 2.

The Giants will send Madison Bumgarner to the hill to square off against Chicago ace Jake Arrieta in Game 3. San Francisco returns to action on Monday, as the NLDS is set to resume at AT&T Park in San Francisco. You can catch every pitch of Game 3 at 6:30 PM PT on FS1 and Fox Deportes. Pre and post game analysis will not be available for Game 3.

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