Montero's grand slam propels Cubs over Dodgers

Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:01am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Miguel Montero said he had been ready for this moment since mid-afternoon.

Entering Saturday night's National League Championship Series opener as a pinch hitter with two out and bases loaded in the eighth inning, Montero launched an 0-2 pitch from reliever Joe Blanton for a grand slam home run as the Cubs rolled to an 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"To be honest, I started getting loose about three o'clock," Montero said. "As a kid, you dream of these situations and that's what you live for."

It was the first time in major league history that a pinch-hit grand slam provided the game-winning run in a post season game.

Dexter Fowler added a solo shot in an explosive eighth as Chicago scored five times on the way to a 1-0 NLCS lead over the Dodgers.

Chicago snapped a 3-3 tie after giving up the lead earlier in the inning after closer Aroldis Chapman was hit for two eighth-inning runs when he entered with bases loaded.

Chapman struck out the first two batters but gave up a two-out single to Adrian Gonzalez that drove in pinch hitters Andrew Toles and Chase Utley to tie the game.

"Throughout his career, Adrian's gotten so many big hits," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "Big hit and, yeah, right there I thought we were going to win it."

But Ben Zobrist opened the Cubs' eighth with a double to deep right and Jason Heyward and pinch hitter Chris Coghlan were intentionally walked by Blanton, a right-handed reliever.   Continued...

Oct 15, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs pinch hitter Miguel Montero (47) hits a grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of game one of the 2016 NLCS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports