If my napkin math works well here, the Cubs will not only have dropped their magic number to clinch the Central to 6, but their 4.5 game division lead over the Milwaukee Brewers also means they will leave town in first place no matter what happens. The pressure is now squarely on the shoulders of the Brewers, and like we said in our Dreamcast, the Cubs are in control.
It started off easy, with Kyle Schwarber smacking a long home run to open the scoring before Anthony Rizzo set up an insurance run with a single. Alas, Jake Arrieta couldn’t pitch past the fifth due to a strict pitch count after coming back from injury, and the bullpen ultimately surrendered the lead. However, a very fortuitous hustle infield single confirmed by review allowed Ian Happ to serve as the tying run, and Javier Baez found enough magic to send the game to extras:
— Cubs Talk (@CSNCubs) September 22, 2017
A little kiss from the MVP. pic.twitter.com/UTJCwbr755
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 22, 2017
Hopefully Wade Davis still has an arm left for October, but winning the first of the final four-game set between the two rivals will give the Cubs breathing room. This will also put pressure on the soon-to-be-eliminated St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs’ next opponent. Considering the Cards and Brewers beat up on each other to end the season, you have to really feel good for the North Siders. I certainly do.
Yes, there were stupid ball/strike calls. Yes, some dumb crap happened. Yes, you can question the in-game personnel decisions. But ultimately, the Cubs won, and that’s all that matters. Now I really have to go to bed.