2017 Cubs victories revisited, July 23: Cubs 5, Cardinals 3

The long ball helped the Cubs to victory.

The Cubs improved to 51-46 with this win and were in a first-place tie with the Brewers in the N.L. Central. The win made their post-All-Star record 8-1.

Well, hello, first place.

It’s been a while. How have you been? We’ve missed you.

The Cubs spotted the Cardinals another lead, but home runs by Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras, as well as a solid first Wrigley Field outing from Jose Quintana, gave them a 5-3 victory that put them in first place in the N.L. Central by one percentage point over the Brewers.

This one didn’t start out well. Javier Baez booted a ball hit to him on the third pitch of the game to let Matt Carpenter reach base.

But Baez’ teammates immediately picked him up with great defense. Jason Heyward made this fine leaping catch [VIDEO] on a fly ball by Tommy Pham.

One out later, Jedd Gyorko hit a ball into the left-center field gap that looked like it would score Carpenter. But Schwarber made a perfect throw to Addison Russell, whose …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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