When the Cubs had issues solving Giants starter Johnny Cueto, they just resorted to their regular-season strategy:
Work at-bats and drive up the pitch count.
That formula worked again Friday night, as the Cubs wound up with a nail-biting 1-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants in front of 42,148 fans at Wrigley Field in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Cueto was on his game, holding the Cubs to just two baserunners through seven innings and got an assist from second baseman Kelby Tomlinson on a couple nice defensive plays.
But in the bottom of the eighth, Javy Baez drove Cueto's 108th pitch into the basket in left field, sending the Wrigley crowd into a frenzy.
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Jon Lester was superb on the mound, every bit the ace the Cubs envisioned when they signed him before the 2015 season.
The veteran lefty threw eight shutout innings, allowing only five hits and didn't walk a batter, striking out five while throwing 60 of his 86 pitches for strikes.
Aroldis Chapman closed out the game with a scoreless ninth to hand the Cubs a crucial victory in a shortened five-game series.