Giants Fall Apart in Game 4 Cubs Win NLDS

October 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs celebrate after winning game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Again facing elimination, the Giants came out strong, taking a commanding 5-2 lead in the 5th.

MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Denard Span (2) scores a run on a sacrifice fly against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Denard Span (2) celebrates with manager Bruce Bochy (15) and dugout after earning a run on a sacrifice fly by catcher Buster Posey (28) against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez (9) throws the ball to first base against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants fans celebrate under a sign that reads Believen during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore (45) celebrates with first base coach Bill Hayes (58) after hitting an RBI single with bases loaded against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Only for the bullpen to completely fall apart in the 9th inning and allow four, you read that right, FOUR runs in the 9th inning.

MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) replaces relief pitcher Derek Law (64) after allowing a hit against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) earns a walk against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) scores a run against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (22) slides for a run against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Ben Zobrist (18) and first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) high fives third baseman Kris Bryant (17) after being batted in against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrates on the mound after winning game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrates with catcher David Ross (3) after winning game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I guess I won't be covering a Giants World Series victory parade on my birthday like I did in 2012 and 2014. (2010 I was not yet shooting for USA Today Sports Images and instead kayaked to Game 1)

MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Ben Zobrist (18) catches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But ya gotta feel at least a little bit happy for the Cubs MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs celebrate after winning game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs fans hold a photo with the face of manager Joe Maddon (70) after winning game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And I imagine we'll see even more changes to the bullpen than we did in the 9th inning :P

MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) puts relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) on the mound against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsMLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at San Francisco GiantsOct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) replaces relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning in game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-5 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

 


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