2017 Cubs victories revisited, September 16: Cubs 4, Cardinals 1

The Cubs won their fifth in a row.

Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Hendricks helped lead the Cubs to this win, which clinched a winning season. They were 82-66, led the N.L. Central by four games, and reduced their magic number to 11.

After the Cubs got swept by the Brewers last weekend, it was clear they’d have to step up their game to maintain or improve their division lead.

They have done just that, in decisive fashion, and over the last two days have looked a lot like the team that won it all in 2016. That’s not hype, either, that’s how I really see it. And if, as Kris Bryant said, it took the incident with John Lackey and Willson Contreras Friday afternoon to light a fire under this team — well, whatever it takes.

The Cubs got an outstanding outing from Kyle Hendricks, three big hits from Albert Almora Jr., good defensive plays when they needed them, and a welcome-back pinch homer by Addison Russell and defeated the Cardinals 4-1 for their fifth straight win.

Hendricks retired the first six Cardinals before a pair of hits and a sacrifice bunt put St. …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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