2017 Cubs victories revisited, September 22: Cubs 5, Brewers 4

The Cubs edged closer to the N.L. Central title.

The Cubs won their ninth game in their last 10 tries. In so doing they dropped the Brewers to third place; the Cardinals took over second, five games behind, and so the Cubs’ magic number only dropped by one, to five. The Cubs’ record after this win was 86-67.

Think you can stand another five weeks of tension like this?

The Cubs came from behind yet again Friday night and defeated the Brewers 5-4 in 10 innings. Once again, solid relief pitching, timely hitting and good defense were at the center of the victory.

This one didn’t start out well. John Lackey allowed yet another first-inning run. We haven’t talked about this in a while, but that makes 20 first-inning runs (19 earned) for Lackey in 29 starts this year, a 5.90 ERA. He made it worse in the second inning by serving up back-to-back homers to Stephen Vogt and Brett Phillips, the 35th and 36th home runs he’s allowed this year. The next-most allowed by any N.L. pitcher is 30 (Gerrit Cole, Julio Teheran), and the most allowed by any Cubs pitcher since Jon …Read the Rest

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