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Cubs 1, Reds 0: Jon Lester and his merry bullpen band

Cubs pitching was outstanding Saturday, and they got just enough offense to win.

Seriously, can you take two more weeks of this pennant race? (And then hopefully four weeks just like it in October?)

The Cubs won their third in a row, 1-0 over the Reds Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field. It was their third straight one-run game, too, and their fifth decision by one run over their last seven games going back to the second game of the doubleheader at Washington last Saturday.

And when Joe Maddon said he was going to use his bullpen depending on the situation, he wasn’t joking. He used three relievers to close out the Reds in the ninth. Who knows? Maybe this is a new way to look at ninth-inning bullpen work.

Now let’s rewind to the beginning. Jon Lester was outstanding through his entire seven-inning stint. He allowed two singles and a pair of walks, striking out nine. Just two Reds runners got past first base, Jose Peraza getting to third with two out in the first and Billy Hamilton to second after a walk and steal in the sixth, and then Willson Contreras threw him out trying …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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