Here are three interesting items from Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday …• The Cubs moved to within one victory of their first NL pennant since 1945 in an 8-4 win over the Dodgers.:: NLCS: Dodgers vs. Cubs coverage ::• Game 6: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET
Here are three interesting items from Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday …
• The Cubs moved to within one victory of their first NL pennant since 1945 in an 8-4 win over the Dodgers.
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• Game 6: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET on FS1
In the sixth inning, with the score knotted at 1, Cubs shortstop Addison Russell connected on a two-run homer -- his second two-run shot in as many games. Russell, at 22 years and 271 days old, became the third player younger than 23 years old to have homers in multiple LCS games in one postseason. In 2003, Miguel Cabrera homered in three games for the Marlins (against the Cubs), and in '15, Kyle Schwarber homered in two contests for Chicago.
• Cubs second baseman Javier Báez doubled twice and drove in three runs. Baez -- 23 years and 324 days old for this latest contest -- has four doubles in the NLCS against the Dodgers. Those four are the most for any player younger than 24 years old in an LCS. In 2005, Yadier Molina had three, a number later matched by Evan Longoria ('08) and Xander Bogaerts ('13).
• Making his 17th career postseason start, Cubs southpaw Jon Lester surrendered one run on five hits and a walk, and he improved to 8-6 all time in the postseason. Some other career postseason numbers for the 32-year-old (including two relief appearances): a 2.50 ERA, a 1.017 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 119 innings. Lester is one of 48 starters to have at least 75 postseason innings. Among these 48, his 2.50 ERA ranks ninth. He trails Christy Mathewson (the leader, at 0.97), Waite Hoyt, Bob Gibson, Madison Bumgarner, Art Nehf, Curt Schilling, Chief Bender and Dave McNally; Lester's 1.017 WHIP ranks eighth, behind Mathewson (the leader, at 0.836), Gibson, Bumgarner, Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett, Schilling and Bender.
Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com.