In their first visit to the Trop since 2008, the Cubs extended their winning streak to seven.
The Cubs’ seventh consecutive win moved their record to 84-66. They were 3½ games ahead of the Brewers, in first place in the N.L. Central, and their magic number to clinch the division title was reduced to nine.
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Here’s a paragraph you likely weren’t expecting to read at the beginning of this season:
Mike Montgomery took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the Cubs rode solid relief pitching and the hardest-hit home run (per Statcast) of Kyle Schwarber’s career to a 2-1 win over the Rays, their seventh win in a row and first ever at Tropicana Field.
Wait, what? Mike Montgomery with a no-hit bid?
Yet that’s exactly what a crowd at Tropicana Field that had to be at least two-thirds Cubs fans saw Tuesday night. In fact, if MiMo hadn’t hit the first batter he faced and if Addison Russell hadn’t rushed a throw to first in the fourth inning, he might have been working on a perfect game.
More on that in a bit. First, have a look at Schwarber’s second-inning home run, his 28th of …Read the Rest
Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue