2017 Cubs victories revisited, September 1: Cubs 2, Braves 0

Remember John Lackey? He was really good on this day.

This win was the Cubs’ fifth in a row and improved their record to 74-60, again a season high. They led the N.L. Central by 3x games and now we can note magic numbers, since this game began September. The magic number for the Cubs to clinch the N.L. Central was 25.

Just about the time this year’s World Series begins, John Lackey will turn 39 (October 23 is his birthday).

Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, Lackey sure didn’t pitch like a 38-year-old nearing the end of his career. He threw seven shutout innings and retired the last 16 Braves he faced, and combined with Pedro Strop, Brian Duensing and Wade Davis (28th save), Lackey helped lead the Cubs to a four-hit, 2-0 shutout win over the Braves, the team’s fifth straight win and first shutout since July 16 at Baltimore.

On a brilliantly sunny but very Septemberish day at Wrigley Field, 67 degrees with the wind blowing in at 17 miles per hour, runs were likely to be at a premium Friday afternoon. Lackey allowed a leadoff single to Ender Inciarte — a ball …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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