Tuesday's Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and Giants is one that will likely be remembered forever in the North Side of Chicago -- and perhaps in San Francisco, as well.What appeared to be a series-tying win for the Giants -- one that would've placed
Tuesday's Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and Giants is one that will likely be remembered forever in the North Side of Chicago -- and perhaps in San Francisco, as well.
What appeared to be a series-tying win for the Giants -- one that would've placed all the pressure on the Cubs in a potential Game 5 at Wrigley Field -- completely flipped in the span of six plate appearances in the top of the ninth, as Chicago erased a three-run deficit and stormed back to claim a dramatic 6-5 victory to punch their ticket to the NL Championship Series for the second time in as many years.
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Before the Cubs host either the Dodgers or the Nationals in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday (FOX/FS1), here are the facts and figures you should know about Chicago's big win Tuesday night:
• This is the first time the Cubs have won a postseason series in back-to-back years since 1907-08 -- the years of the franchise's last World Series triumphs.
• The Giants' loss marked the franchise's first in a potential postseason elimination game since Game 4 of the 2003 NLDS against the Marlins. San Francisco went a remarkable 10-0 in elimination games under manager Bruce Bochy between that game in 2003 and Tuesday's season-ending loss, which also ends the Giants' run of 11 consecutive postseason series victories -- which is tied with the 1998-2001 Yankees for the longest streak in history.
• The Cubs are only the second team to come back from three runs down in the ninth inning or later in a game in which it clinched a postseason series. The first occurrence was the 1986 Mets' comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the ninth inning against the Astros in Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS.
• Javier Báez's go-ahead single in the top of the ninth -- which proved to be the game-winner -- was the fifth go-ahead hit by a Cubs player in the ninth inning or later in the franchise's postseason history, and the first since Doug Glanville's RBI triple in the top of the 11th inning in Game 3 of the 2003 NLCS.
• Before Baez came to the plate, pinch-hitter Willson Contreras' two-run single up the middle was the fourth game-tying hit in the ninth inning or later in Cubs postseason history -- and their second of this series, following Kris Bryant's game-tying two-run homer in the ninth one night before in Game 3.
The Cubs are only the fifth team in postseason history to enjoy back-to-back games with a game-tying RBI in the ninth inning or later, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last team to accomplish such a feat was the 2001 Yankees in that year's Fall Classic.
• The Cubs' 3-6 hitters in the lineup were a combined 5-for-60 in the series before the top of the ninth, when Anthony Rizzo walked, Ben Zobrist knocked an RBI double, Contreras hit his two-RBI single and Jason Heyward reached on a throwing error by Brandon Crawford to set up Baez's eventual game-winner.
• San Francisco's win expectancy rating was at 97.5 percent when the ninth inning began, according to Fangraphs. It plummeted to 16.4 percent when the top of the ninth came to a close.
• During the regular season, the Giants had the most blown saves of any Major League team, with 32. No other postseason club had more than 22.
• With his solo home run in the top of the third inning, 39-year-old David Ross became the oldest player to hit a postseason homer in Cubs history, passing Moises Alou, who was 37 during the 2003 NL Championship Series. Ross also is the oldest catcher to go deep for any team during the playoffs, surpassing the Angels' Bob Boone, who was 38 in the 1986 American League Championship Series.
• The RBI single by Giants starter Matt Moore in the bottom of the fourth gave San Francisco a 2-1 lead, making it the first go-ahead hit by a Giants pitcher during the postseason since Hal Schumacher smacked a two-run single in Game 5 of the 1933 World Series against the Washington Senators.
• Moore had only one other RBI in his career, when he was playing for current Cubs skipper Joe Maddon with the 2012 Rays.
• Moore got his hit on an 0-2 count, becoming only the fifth pitcher to drive in a postseason run while that far behind in the count. The last was the Cardinals' Jeff Suppan, who homered on an 0-2 count against the Mets in the 2006 NLCS.
• Before Moore, the last five times a pitcher drove in a postseason run (eight RBIs total) happened to be for the Cubs. A non-Cubs hurler hadn't accomplished the feat since St. Louis' Michael Wacha in the 2013 NLCS.
;• Moore was just as impactful on the mound, going eight solid innings and allowing only two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out 10 on 120 pitches. Moore is now one of only three left-handed pitchers who have recorded multiple games with at least seven innings pitched and two or fewer hits allowed in postseason play, joining Kenny Rogers and Hall of Famer Whitey Ford.
• Moore is also one of only three left-handed pitchers in Giants history to go at least eight innings and strike out at least 10 batters in a postseason game. The other two pitchers in that club are pretty good company: Madison Bumgarner (2014 NL Wild Card Game) and Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell (Game 1, 1933 World Series).
• Moore's gem in Game 4 followed a great performance by Johnny Cueto in Game 1 that puts the pair in elite company. According to ESPN, the last pair of teammates to each record starts of at least eight innings and 10 strikeouts in the same postseason series was Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson in the 2001 NLCS.
• There is one club that Moore can claim all to himself: He is the first Giants pitcher to combine an RBI at the plate with 10 strikeouts on the mound in a postseason game.
• The Giants' Conor Gillaspie, who hit a huge go-ahead two-run triple off Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman in Game 3, notched an RBI single off reliever Travis Wood in Tuesday's fifth inning. That gave him three RBIs against left-handed pitchers in the past two games. Gillaspie didn't drive in a single run against a southpaw during the regular season and picked up just three RBIs off them in 2015.
• Tuesday's loss ended a streak of 18 consecutive postseason wins for the Giants in games in which they scored at least five runs. San Francisco's last loss in October when putting at least five runs on the board was that Game 4 of the 2003 NLCS, a 7-6 loss to the Florida Marlins that doubles as the franchise's most recent elimination game loss before Game 4 of the 2016 NLDS.
Matt Kelly and Andrew Simon are reporters for MLB.com.