Maybe that even-year magic has run out.
The Chicago Cubs were the ones who got the last laugh Friday in their Game 1 win over the San Francisco Giants in their National League Division Series.
Javier Baez sent the Cubs home with a 1-0 win thanks to a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. As a result, Chicago now has a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five-game series.
Despite Baez’s homer, the real story was the pitching in this one.
Jon Lester threw a gem for the Cubs, shutting out the Giants over eight innings. He only allowed five hits and struck out five. Johnny Cueto was the tough-luck loser, as he went the distance and allowed only three hits while striking out 10.
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