Chicago Cubs clinch second-straight National League Central crown
Sep 30, 2017, 15:46
It seemed fitting that Russell sparked the Wednesday comeback from a one-run deficit because he started the Cubs' second-half surge with a game-winning homer in the ninth inning to beat the Orioles 9-8 in the first game of the second half after the team had blown an 8-0 lead.
Paul DeJong was robbed of a game-tying homer by Leonys Martin at the center field wall to end the game. And that's probably what the guy in this video thought to himself when he spent his hard-earned cash on a batch of fresh nachos at the St. Louis Cardinals versus the Chicago Cubs game last night.
Altherr's hit came after Nationals starter Tanner Roark (13-11) walked two batters.
Chicago made it easy, beating the Cardinals. Altuve leads the majors with a.348 batting average and needs one hit to reach 200 for the fourth straight season.
Thus waiting another game to make their playoff status official perfectly suited these Cubs.
John Brebbia relieved in the 10th inning as the Cardinals' sixth pitcher.
As the team was celebrating their playoff berth following the game, Jon Lester gave a toast in which he hinted that Lackey would be retiring after the season. The Cardinals' outfielder then advanced to third on a wild pitch by Chicago's Justin Grimm and scored on Dexter Fowler's broken-bat groundout as the Cardinals, desperately trying to stay alive in the wild-card race, tied the Cubs at 1-1. They beat the Braves in a 2013 NLDS before losing to the Cardinals, and past year beat the Nationals before losing to the Cubs.
Kyle Hendricks, in his final tuneup before the Cubs play the Washington Nationals in the NL Division Series, worked five scoreless innings, allowing four hits while striking out nine.
Happ homered in the first inning.
Javier Baez, Jason Heyward and pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella doubled after his homer to add two more runs. The only Cardinals player with more all-time is Lou Brock (95). And so it goes for the 2017 Cubs, who overcame injury and inconsistency to put themselves in position to become baseball's first repeat World Series victor since the Yankees from 1998-2000.
However, he went to confirm that he still remains a Cardinals fan.
The Cubs were 5.5 games out of first place and two games under.
"I don't make enough money right now to face a suspension", he said. "That's something that we've got to do a better job of, for sure".
"Obviously, they're not going to put him back out there and clear him if they feel there's an increased risk". But that prospect also would entail the Rockies, idle Thursday, losing all three games at home this weekend to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They have responded by winning 14 of their next 17, the way champions do, including three out of four in Milwaukee over the Brewers in what felt like a playoff simulation. Lynn is eligible for free agency and likely was making his final start for the Cardinals.
The seasons of Lackey and Russell virtually mirrored the Cubs' mercurial year.
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