A Nifty Night of Firsts For the First Place Cubs

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For the series finale, while starter Jose Quintana probably threw way too many pitches to come anywhere close to Kerry Wood‘s shared strikeout record, he at least weathered an early storm with a quality start to allow the Cubs to work their magic to sweep the Pirates.  The game was also full of great plays and a few historically significant feats, a day after Wade Davis set the franchise records for consecutive saves converted.  That didn’t even include a couple of splendid catches by Jon Jay, and a solid RBI hit by Quintana.  BUT!  Jon Jay actually got a hit as a lefty batter against Pirates closer Felipe Rivero, the first since like April or something.  That was one of 20 hits, the most by a Cubs team in a game since 2014, and the run total matched the season high they set in Philadelphia.

To begin, we have the daily Javier Baez highlight, where he decided he’d just go ahead and tie the game himself by stealing his way around the bases, including home plate:

It’s going to be tough to keep Javy out of the lineup, although he seriously needs a rest after manning shortstop for so long with Addison Russell sidelined (Ben Zobrist played short in the ninth inning to give Javy a breather).  But Javy is quickly becoming must-see baseball.

Later on in the game, Ian Happ set a record for the Cubs and MLB to boot:

Juiced baseballs or not, having that much major power throughout the lineup is serious business, and we as Cubs fans should feel lucky that the power is playing for the North Side.  It’s also great to see Happ making some adjustments after an inevitable mid-season struggle that we kind of expect from young players.  Almost had a cycle, too…

He’s good.  So is his now-frequent interview buddy, Kyle Schwarber

The Cubs will get some reinforcements by way of guys coming back from the disabled list in September, as well as some call-ups from Iowa.  With a comfortable 3.5 game lead in the National League Central, let’s hope they finally turned it on at the right time of year and keep it going until Halloween.

 

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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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