2017 Cubs victories revisited, August 31: Cubs 6, Braves 2

The Cubs won their fourth in a row.

This victory brought the Cubs again to a new season high, 13 games over .500 at 73-60. They maintained their 3½-game lead in the N.L. Central over the Brewers.

Since Joe Maddon took over as Cubs manager, August has been the month where the team has really taken off.

After a solid 6-2 win over the Braves Thursday at Wrigley Field completed play for August 2017, the Cubs are 58-27 in August since Maddon came to Chicago. One of the things Maddon has instituted for the Cubs is “American Legion Week,” where players are told not to show up until an hour or so before game time, and the Cubs haven’t taken batting practice most of this homestand. This is supposed to help with late-season fatigue and it seems to have worked.

Thursday, the Cubs got yet another good outing from Kyle Hendricks and rode a four-hit night from Jon Jay and a two-run homer by Kris Bryant to victory.

Hendricks walked a pair in the first inning but helped himself when he picked Ozzie Albies off first base. Hendricks is really, really good at that:

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Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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