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2017 Cubs victories revisited, September 6: Cubs 1, Pirates 0

Alex Avila was the hero.

The Cubs broke a three-game losing streak with this win, which brought their record to 76-63. They led the N.L. Central by four games and their magic number to clinch the division title was 20.


Acquiring Alex Avila from the Detroit Tigers looks like one of the best moves the Cubs made all season.

For the second time in three weeks, Avila had a game-winning hit in the last inning of play. On August 20, it was an extra-inning walkoff single against the Blue Jays. This time, it was a ninth-inning triple that scored the only run in a 1-0 Cubs win over the Pirates:

RBI triple for Alex Avila in the 9th to take the lead. pic.twitter.com/dSezoan1ns

— Kevin Marchina (@kg_holler) September 7, 2017

This was the Cubs’ second 1-0 win of 2017. The other one was also against the Pirates. In PNC Park on April 25. Also with Gerrit Cole as the opposing pitcher. Not that I feel sorry for Cole, not one bit.

Cole began the evening by getting upset with plate umpire Paul Nauert. Nauert replied with a game thread word I think all of …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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