Ian Happ homered twice in this win.
The Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Cardinals and moved back over .500 at 28-27. They remained one game out of first place in the N.L. Central after this win.
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Ian Happ, who had been 4-for-35 with 16 strikeouts in his 11 previous games before Sunday, smashed two home runs Sunday night, driving in four of the Cubs‘ runs. Both of those set career bests in Happ’s brief career and helped lead the Cubs to a 7-6 win over the Cardinals.
That win gave the Cubs their second three-game sweep of the 2017 season and it was the first time they had swept their rivals at Wrigley Field in almost 11 years (a four-game sweep July 27-30, 2006).
This game didn’t start out that way. Kyle Hendricks allowed just one baserunner (a walk) in the first three innings, and that runner was erased on a double play. Hendricks was also helped out by this terrific catch by Jason Heyward on a sinking liner by Matt Carpenter: