2017 Cubs victories revisited, September 2: Cubs 14, Braves 12

This slugfest was the Cubs’ sixth consecutive win.

The Cubs improved to 75-60, increased their lead in the N.L. Central to 4½ games (biggest of the year), and reduced their division-clinching magic number to 23, all with this win.

The Cubs defeated the Braves 14-12 Saturday afternoon for their sixth consecutive win, matching their longest winning streak of 2017. After something like that happens, the emotion you’d think we’d all feel would be excitement for the win, the streak, all the runs…

Instead, the overwhelming sensation, for me at least, was relief that the Cubs actually did hang on to win this one after a parade of relievers in blue pinstripes had a lot of trouble recording outs with big leads.

There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s start at the beginning. Jon Lester, in his first start back from a disabled list stint, struggled in the first inning. He loaded the bases on two hits and a walk and throwing 31 pitches before finally retiring the side. He had a 1-2-3 second, and then the Cubs got the bats going.

A single by Anthony Rizzo and two walks loaded the bases with one out, and that brought <a target="_self" …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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