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One Win Away: 8-4 Victory Puts Cubs On The Verge Of World Series

By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 21, 2016 2:23PM

So close. The Cubs are now so very close.

Thanks to an excellent start from ace Jon Lester and another highlight-reel performance from Javier Baez, the Cubs are—dare we speak it?—one flying of the W flag away from the team's first World Series appearance since 1945. The Cubs handled the Dodgers, 8-4, to take a 3-2 lead in the NLCS.

There was never much worry on Thursday night as Lester was strong throughout seven innings, striking out six Dodgers batters, walking one and surrendering only one earned run on hits hits.

Baez—so renowned for his gaudy defensive glove work—led the way at the bat, delivering three hits, including a memorable three-run double in the Cubs' explosive eighth inning. Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell each delivered two hits as the Cubs continued to throw dirt on the no-offense narrative.

It's still too early to fully celebrate (you probably don't need reminding of this) but with Cubs hitters and pitchers alike performing like this, there's plenty of reason to feel good.

Even Nick Offerman got in on the celebrating, tweeting this photo of himself, shirtless, holding a W flag. Offerman will be in Chicago this weekend to promote his new book.