Chicago Cubs: Top five wins in the Joe Maddon era

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4. Chicago Cubs 2017 NLDS Game 5: Cubs 9, Nationals 8

One of the wildest games you’ll ever watch, and it just happened to be an elimination game in October. The Nationals led 4-1 early, but the Cubs found a way to score seven unanswered to go up 8-4. The Nationals would try to chip away but would fall short 9-8.

A sloppy, sloppy game of baseball, as we saw the Cubs score runs in all of these ways:

·      Jayson Werth missed fly ball (1)

·      Passed ball on a Javier Baez strikeout (1)

·      John Jay hit by pitch (1)

·      Gio Gonzalez wild pitch (1)

·      Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, and Addison Russell groundout’s (3)

Many that played said it was the craziest game they’ve ever been apart of. The Cubs were given this game, and they were propelled to their third straight National League Championship Series as a result.

3. Chicago Cubs 2016 NLDS Game 4: Cubs 6, Giants 5

The clincher in the Bay finds its way into the top-3, as we watched the Cubs pull off one of the most improbable comebacks to advance to the NLCS. Entering the ninth inning, the Cubs had a 2.5% chance to win.

Maddon expressed his concern if the Cubs were to lose this game, as they would’ve faced Johnny Cueto in Game 5, a pitcher who dominated them in Game 1 and one that Maddon did not seem entirely confident his team could beat again.

Nonetheless, all of that concern was put to bed in the ninth inning of game 4. Trailing 5-2, we watched a remarkable rally. A Ben Zobrist RBI double, Willson Contreras two-run single, and Baez RBI single gave the Cubs a 6-5 lead, one in which they would not relinquish. A unique game and one that still gives fans chill thinking about.