2017 Cubs victories revisited, September 7: Cubs 8, Pirates 2

The Cubs brought out the big bats and split their set with the Bucs.

The Cubs improved to 77-63 after this win and led the N.L. Central by five games. Their magic number over the Brewers to clinch the division dropped to 18.

Here’s how I look at the Cubs splitting a series they could have won: When the four-game set with the Pirates began, the Cubs were 3½ games ahead of the second-place Brewers.

After the series split, the Cubs return home five games ahead of Milwaukee, thanks to the Cincinnati Reds‘ sweep of the Brewers. The Cubs are also five games ahead of the Cardinals, who lost Thursday night. The division-clinching magic number dropped to 18.

So the Cubs’ 8-2 win over the Pirates on a rainy night in Pittsburgh was indeed satisfying.

Did I mention rain?

Pirates’ groundscrew can’t get the infield covered with the tarp.

— Kevin Marchina (@kg_holler) September 7, 2017

At last, the Pirates’ grounds crew did get the tarp on the field for the brief rainshower that delayed the start of the game by 52 minutes.

When it finally did begin, the Cubs began methodically scoring runs. They scored single …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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