The San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs were playing baseball on Monday night long after most of the country had gone to bed. The Giants defeated the Cubs 6-5 in 13 innings of game 3 of their best-of-five NLDS series. In doing so San Francisco kept their post-season alive and the two teams will now meet on Tuesday in game 4.

Lackey and Moore scheduled starters

That game will feature John Lackey for the Cubs against Matt Moore for the Giants. Lackey went 11-8 on the season with a 3.35 ERA while Moore went 13-12 with a 4.08 ERA.The former has far more playoff experience as Lackey will be making his 24th appearance in the post-season on Tuesday night.

Moore, on the other hand, will be making just his third appearance in the playoffs.

But in facing Lackey, the Giants certainly dodged Chicago's ace for the series. In game 3, the Cubs started Jake Arrieta, an 18-game winner from the regular season. In winning Tuesday's game with Arrieta as the starter, San Francisco have to feel as though they have a chance in the series again. After all, Arrieta's arm will be spent for the remainder of the series.

"This is October baseball," Arrieta stated after game 3 to numerous news agencies, including CSN Chicago. "We know games are going to be very closely contested. [The Giants] are no slouch with their pedigree in the playoffs.

We have our work cut out for us."

Game 4 could be a coin toss

The Giants will host game 4, something that may redeem their chances a little against the fiercely-talented Cubs. San Francisco went 45-36 from AT&T Park during the regular season.

The game certainly doesn't feel as though it will be one sided.

Rather it looks the Cubs are only mild favorites. If the Giants can take the series back to Chicago then they will put the Cubs on the brink of elimination. Who knows how Chicago will respond to that kind of pressure as their great season could boil down to a do-or-die one-and-done scenario if the series goes five games.

But first things first. Game 4 between the Cubs and Giants is the late game on Tuesday with the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers scheduled in the earlier game (5:30pm ET). The Giants and Cubs are scheduled to start at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT.

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