CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 15:  Miguel Montero #47 of the Chicago Cubs hits a grand slam home run in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game one of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 15, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Miguel Montero’s pinch-hit grand slam lifts Cubs over Dodgers

Playoff games are all about momentum and seizing the moment, and Saturday night’s Game 1 of the National League Championship Series had all of that.

The Cubs cruised throughout most of the game, holding on to a 3-1 lead, with many believing that Game 1 was all but over, but they were wrong. Adrian Gonzalez came through in the clutch with a two-out, two-run single off Aroldis Chapman to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the eighth inning, and the Dodgers suddenly had all the momentum.

A leadoff double in the bottom of the inning gave the Cubs some hope, but after two outs, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made a brave move. He decided to walk Chris Coghlan to load the bases, and have Joe Blanton pitch to pinch hitter Miguel Montero.

Bad move.

With two strikes, Montero blasted a pitch into the stands for a pinch-hit grand slam.

The Cubs then celebrated appropriately at the plate.

Dexter Fowler followed that up with a home run of his own, and Chicago won Game 1, 8-4.

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