Arizona Diamondbacks finished the Cubs off tonight
leaving one of the most famous baseball teams in the world to go into next season celebrating 100 years since their last world series title.
The Diamondbacks were always in charge after Chris Young whalloped the very first pitch from Rich Hill into the capacity crowd. In the fifth the Cubs had the bases loaded with one out but blew it when DeRosa (left) hit straight at an Arizona player and the inning ended in a double play. The Cubs left 27 players on base in the 3 games, with their three key batters Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano and Derrek Lee all failing to bring in a run.
The turning point in the series might have come in Game 1 when coach Lou Piniella removed Carlos Zambrano, his ace pitcher, with the score tied at 1-1 after six innings. The 'Big Z' had only thrown 85 pitches and looked as fresh as a daisy. Carlos Mármol replaced him and they ended up losing game one 3-1.
The young D-Backs never looked in any doubt tonight as the crowd prepared themselves for the worse. It was bad, a 5-1 defeat, the countries most lovable losers lose again.