2017 Cubs victories revisited, July 18: Cubs 5, Braves 1

The Cubs waited out a long rain delay to win.

This time, it was an actual rainstorm that delayed the game more than two hours, forcing a start after 10 p.m. local time. It didn’t slow down the Cubs‘ winning streak, which reached 5. They were 48-45 and closed to within 2½ games of the Brewers in the N.L. Central.

The Braves don’t play on the West Coast, but they might as well have after the first two games of this series were rain-delayed, the first by a threat of rain that never materialized, the second by a small but persistent rainstorm that simply refused to leave the area around SunTrust Park for more than two hours after game time.

Thus the Cubs’ 5-1 win over the Braves, their fifth in a row, tying a season high, ended after midnight Chicago time. Teams pushing to wait out delays and play baseball in situations like this rather than lose a gate and play a single-admission doubleheader (which was the likely scenario for a rainout Tuesday) force things like starting at 10:05 p.m. local time when the clubs have a 12:10 p.m. local time start today. It was the 11th game …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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