CHICAGO — Jon Lester outpitched Johnny Cueto with eight sparkling innings, Javier Baez homered in the eighth and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 in a tense Game 1 of their NL Division Series on Friday night.
Below is a recap of the action and reaction from Game 1.
For fans looking ahead to the other games in this series, MLB announced the times today for Games 3, 4 and 5.
Game 1 – Friday in Chicago: 8:15 PM CT
Game 2 – Saturday in Chicago: 7:08PM CT
Game 3 – Monday in San Francisco: 8:38PM CT
Game 4 (if necessary) – Tuesday in San Francisco: *7:40PM CT
Game 5 (if necessary) – Thursday in Chicago: *7:40PM CT
Games 4 and 5 could start at 7:08 CT if the Dodgers and Nationals series is over by Tuesday.
Heads up! Traffic is going to be even messier this Friday – and through the weekend – with the action at Wrigley, President Obama in town and the Chicago Marathon.
Giants announced Jeff Samardzija will be pitching in Game 2.
The game will begin airing on MLB Network as we wait for a winner in the Dodger-Nationals game. Then the Cubs-Giants will resume on FS1.
Tied at 0-0 after 1st
In other MLB news: The Toronto Blue Jays have grabbed a 2-0 lead in their American League Division Series by belting four home runs in a 5-3 triumph over the Rangers in Texas. -Associated Press
More MLB action: Dodges lead series 1-0 after win over Nationals 4-3
After two, we’re still tied 0-0
Scoreless after three
Cubs get out of the top of the 4th still 0-0, despite a Giant on 2nd and 3rd.
No. 94: Kris Bryant doubles with one out in the fourth for the Cubs.
The Playoff Streak lives!
— Cubs No-Hit Streak (@CubsNoHitStreak) October 8, 2016
Top of the 6th we go with 0-0 still on the board.
Giants ranked 2nd to Cubs in "Defensive Efficiency Ratio" this season. And tied for first in FPCT% for what it's worth. 0-0 Top 8
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) October 8, 2016
Strickland warming for SF, Cueto scheduled to bat third this inning.
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) October 8, 2016
Both pitchers are on 🔥
Cueto 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K – Pitch count: 102
Lester 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K – Pitch count: 79
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) October 8, 2016
Home run! Cubs on the board!