Wrigley Field and Cubs fans around the world were treated to a fascinating opening act for the first game of the 2016 National League Championship Series. The Cubs displayed dominant pitching, fielding, and most of all resiliency, which led them towards their first NLCS win since 2003.

Cubs pitching out duels Dodgers pitching

Jon Lester was not the typical dominant pitcher that everyone knows and loves, but did a fantastic job of maintaining a 3-1 lead. Dodger hitters had many chances of getting Lester on the ropes, but when it mattered most, Lester was able to bear down and get the outs he needed.

On the other side Kenta Maeda could not match Lester's quality start in allowing 3 runs and lasting only 4 innings. Thus, Lester, aside from not having his best stuff still pitched better than his opponent and was a huge part of the Cubs being able to steal a win from the fighting Dodgers.

Cubs fielding halted many chances for Dodgers rally

In the dramatic game 1, Cubs fielding showed why they are one of the best fielding teams in baseball. Dodger batters were hitting the ball hard, but it always seemed to be right at a fielder or a fielder was able to make a fantastic grab to take a hit away. For instance, there were two balls that were ripped to center field for potential doubles, but center fielder Dexter Fowler was able to make two splendid catches to end any threat of the Dodgers getting extra bases.

Plays like Fowler's frustrated the Dodgers as they could not capitalize on Jon Lester and helped him maintain the 3-1 lead they had up to the eighth inning.

Cubs continued to show playoff resiliency

The Cubs have proven over and over again that they can win big close games and game 1 was no different after blowing a 3-1 lead.

In the NLDS, Chicago was able to win both game 1 and game 4 in dramatic fashion after either being down or tied in a game that they so desperately needed.

The Cubs were able to continue that trend as they led off the bottom of the eighth inning after shockingly blowing the lead with a lead off double by Ben Zobrist.

Cubs teams in the past have not shown the type of will to win as these Cubs have shown, and it's why they did not hold off their attack after Zobrist's double.

Chicago was able to put two more men on base for Miguel Montero and was the defining moment of the night and the win for the Cubs. Montero went down on the count 0-2 and seemed to be outmatched by Joe Blanton, but in following the narrative of resiliency Montero was able to battle back and crushed a winning grand slam home run. Dexter Fowler then followed with a home run of his own that caused a huge party in Wrigley Field.

Eventually, the Cubs were able to close out the Dodgers in the 9th after allowing a run in the inning to conclude the game 8-4.

It was the beginning that the Cubs and their fans dreamed of and has placed them with all of the momentum going into game 2 against the best pitcher in the world, Clayton Kershaw.

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