The Nicest Win of All

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That’s right, folks!  One night after sputtering against a beatable Philadelphia Phillies team, the Chicago Cubs scored all the runs they forgot to score to notch their 69th win of the season.  Notching #69 came a bit later than it did last year when they did the thing, but the Cubs maintained their slightly more comfortable cushion in the NL Central and now have a chance to win the series on Sunday.

With their Players’ Weekend uniforms blasting shades of blue, the Cubs in turn blasted six home runs, but scored plenty without home runs to win the game anyway behind seven stellar innings from Kyle Hendricks.  Hendricks also became the first Cubs pitcher to get two hits in an inning since Carlos Zambrano all the way back in 2003.

Among the long flies, Anthony Rizzo and Tommy La Stella both homered twice, with Rizzo collecting #30 on the season.  La Stella notched his first career multi-homer game.  Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist also hit baseballs very very far, and Ian Happ played third base for the first time in his MLB career while conducting multiple interviews in the dugout.

Here’s one of the Rizzo bombs:

Ian Happ is definitely getting better at the interviews!

Here’s a montage of the home run derby:

Here’s to more fun tomorrow for getaway day!

 

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About Rice Cube

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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