More regulars got some rest, but the Cubs won anyway.
The Cubs had a “victory lap” win over one of their favorite teams to beat, the Reds. They improved to a season-high 22 games over .500 at 91-69, and led the N.L. Central by six games.
The weather was beautiful Friday at Wrigley Field, the atmosphere was festive — the Cubs ran a highlight video from this year and celebrated the division title pre-game — and I have to tell you, I can’t recall any game over the last three years that I cared less whether the Cubs won or not.
And the lineup the Cubs put on the field, a handful of regulars and the rest bench players and Triple-A guys, was designed for that occasion. With the team rolling in from St. Louis about 1:30 a.m., Joe Maddon firmly anchored all his everyday players to the bench. Not even when relief pitchers Felix Pena and Hector Rondon came to bat did any of them get up to pinch hit, and Rondon even got an infield single for his effort, after review, his first big-league hit [VIDEO].