Ivy’s Roundup – Walking Off Into a Bigger Division Lead

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It’s been a while since we did any series recaps, and since it’s Friday night and I just got back from a softball game and Ivy is busy, I’ll just sum it up by saying that the Chicago Cubs are good at baseball.  We can do this super quick…

Seattle Mariners @ Chicago Cubs

The Cubs started this series off with a blowout, which was pretty cool.  They then took a small lead into the late innings before Aroldis Chapman gave up a rare hit to a lefty and blew an equally rare save opportunity, but ultimately won this series as Jon Lester (!) of all people delivered an awesome walkoff bunt/fielder’s choice in extras to seal the deal.  Against a lineup with potent hitters and a couple of strong starters in Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez, scoring a series victory was quite the feat.  What was weird was not doing barely any damage against Wade Miley of all people.  Baseball!

Miami Marlins @ Chicago Cubs

The Cubs then welcomed the Marlins into town, the team that had previously dispatched a slumping Cubs team a few weeks back.  The first game was a Kyle Hendricks complete game shutout to save the bullpen after the previous night’s walkoff against Seattle, and the second was a lockdown performance by Jason Hammel and the bullpen to squeak out another one-run victory.  The third game almost seemed like a lost cause when John Lackey gave up some runs late into his outing, and didn’t have much run support before that either.  However, the Cubs again staged an unbelievable comeback against usually solid closer A.J. Ramos, with a walkoff wild pitch to set off a celebration before the trip to Oakland.  Wow!

The Cubs also kept Ichiro Suzuki from collecting his 3000th MLB hit at Wrigley Field, so I guess we’ll keep watching as he inches closer to the milestone…

NEXT:

The Cubs are in Oakland this weekend to see what they can do against the rebuilding (I guess) Athletics, who still play in a ballpark that’s even more of a dumpster than Wrigley Field was before the renovation.  Prior to the series, the Cubs are enjoying a 9.5 game division lead over the second-place St. Louis Cardinals, and have the most wins in the majors.  I think they’re pretty good, and they’re about to play what should be a bad team on paper.  But, you know, baseball.

Oh, and check out who’s back!

Chicago Cubs @ Oakland A’s

Friday, August 5
9:05 PM Central
Jon Lester vs. Dillon Overton
TV = CSN-C+, Radio = WSCR AM 670 The Score

Saturday, August 6
3:05 PM Central
Jake Arrieta vs. Sonny Gray
TV = CSN-C, Radio = WSCR AM 670 The Score

Sunday, August 7
3:05 PM Central
Kyle Hendricks vs. Sean Manaea
TV = WGN, Radio = WSCR AM 670 The Score

 

 

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Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

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