The Cubs kept up their end of the bargain in their pursuit for home-field advantage for the one-game Wild Card on Wednesday, with an easy 6-1 win over the Brewers last night. The Pirates, however, refused to cooperate. They overcame a 4-0 deficit against the Reds and won 5-4 on a walk-off home run in the 12th.
So now for the Wild Card game to take place at Wrigley Field, the Cubs need to win the final two games and the Pirates have to lose both of their games. Last night’s win really hurt the Cubs’ chances, but it was always going to be a long shot anyway.
All the Cubs can control is winning their next two. That starts with Kyle Hendricks on the mound tonight against the Brewers.
Jake is great again
The start went as planned last night for Jake Arrieta, who had yet another scoreless performance. This being Arrieta’s last start before Wednesday’s Wild Card matchup, Joe Maddon pulled him after 6 innings and 72 pitches.
Arrieta gave up only two hits and struck out seven. I think it sealed up his bid for a Cy Young, but we’ll see what happens. It was Jake’s 22nd win and his 20th quality …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider