Cubs defeat Pirates
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 7||CHC 4||PIT 0|
Managers: Joe Maddon, CHC; Hurdle, Clint, PIT
Path to the NL Wild Card: Pittsburgh (98-64) finished two games behind St. Louis in the NL Central; Chicago (97-65) finished three games behind St. Louis in the NL Central.
The Cubs' first step toward their ultimate goal of ending a 107-year World Series championship drought was contentious, yet also decisive.
Jake Arrieta weaved his routine spell, and rookie Kyle Schwarber drove in the first three runs -- two on a majestic 450-foot homer out of PNC Park -- and Chicago blanked Pittsburgh, 4-0
It was the first-ever postseason meeting between the Cubs and Pirates, two of baseball's most storied franchises. The Cubs move from one historic matchup to another against the archrival Cardinals, another team against whom they have not played in the postseason.