Bill Murray 'ain't afraid of no goats' at the Cubs-Giants game

Samardzija was critical of the Cubs' rebuilding plan, especially when they traded Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to Baltimore and Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers on the same day in early July 2013. "Really it was a dream come true previous year just to be pitching in a playoff game".

"I forgot about the wind", he said. "Playoff baseball", Lester said.

Aroldis Chapman finished off the game with a scoreless inning, though Buster Posey's drive to left field on a 102 miles per hour fastball with two outs looked like it had a chance to leave the playing field.

The Chicago-area native unofficially adopted that role during last year's postseason run, rubbing the team's lineup card for Game 2 of the NL Championship Series against the New York Mets. The Tribe shut out the Red Sox 6-0 in Game Two of their AL Division Series at Progressive Field. The right-hander, deftly varying his delivery to keep the Cubs off balance, struck out 10 and allowed three hits in his second straight complete game in the postseason.

"It gives you a lot of confidence, the fact that you've been in this position before", manager Bruce Bochy said. But it was the Cubs with the good fortune on Friday night, a unusual turn of events for the usually snake-bitten franchise.

San Francisco won the World Series in 2010, "12 and '14, and its playoff win against NY on Wednesday was reminiscent of its even-year magic during those title runs".

But he still took the loss because the Cubs' Jon Lester hurled a shutout over eight innings before turning the ball over to lights-out closer Aroldis Chapman, who worked the top of the ninth to earn the save.

But there were also some issues on the bases, whether it was Hernandez getting thrown out trying to steal second on a bad jump even though Lester is not known for holding runners.

Cueto was dominant from the start, retiring his first 10 batters before Kris Bryant doubled. Following a 103-win season the team goes in as a favorite to win the World Series for the first time in 108 years but the normally tormented fan base always has its fair share of skepticism.

The Giants helped Cueto with some terrific defensive plays, such as when Gorkys Hernandez made a sliding catch on David Ross' drive to the center-field warning track in the third.

The NLDS continues tonight as the Giants put former Cub Jeff Samardzjia on the mound against Cy Young contender Kyle "The Professor" Hendricks. Javy Baez put a fastball into the basket in left for the only run of the game, which was all the Cubs needed to start the post-season with a win.

"There was a handful of teams that I could see myself playing for with the direction they were going, the strength of the division, the guys they had in their farm team", he said.

Price was reached for five runs and six hits in just 3 1/3 innings to fall to 0-8 in nine career playoff starts. He was almost unhittable at home, going 9-2 with a 1.32 ERA in 15 games.

  • Julie Sanders