Russell's three-run homer lifts Cubs in NL Central clincher

Russell's three-run homer lifts Cubs in NL Central clincher”

Not only was the catch a spectacular grab, but it also served as a massive dagger to the Cardinals. While that killed the Cardinals' NL Central hopes, they were still alive for the second NL Wild Card slot with four days remaining in the season.

It's that time of year in Cleveland - the Indians are chasing a World Series, LeBron James is gearing up for another season, and Trevor Bauer is talking about his drones.

A run-scoring double in the 11th inning by Taylor Davis off Cardinals reliever Matt Bowman broke a 1-1 tie and sent the Iowa, er, Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 win, eliminating the Cardinals from the National League wild-card race.

When the Cubs clinched their second straight NL Central crown this week, they became the first defending World Series champion to win their division the following year since the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies.

His seventh-inning homer Wednesday was the third of five consecutive hits off Michael Wacha, who limited the Cubs to two hits through the first six innings.

Cubs are back at it tomorrow for the season series finale. Later in the first, Dexter Fowler tripled and scored when Paul DeJong's two-out grounder was booted by fill-in shortstop Mike Freeman.

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Washington manager Dusty Baker said Sunday the team was still trying to decide whether to reinstate Harper from the disabled list Monday, but he spent much of the day receiving treatment.

Cardinals: C Yadier Molina remains in a concussion protocol and likely will not play for the remainder of the season. Addison Russell then blasted a three-run home run to left field that just cleared the foul pole and put the Cubs up 3-1.

"They're a good team", Jedd Gyorko said of the Cardinals' inability to match up with the Cubs this year. And so it goes for the 2017 Cubs, who overcame injury and inconsistency to put themselves in position to become baseball's first repeat World Series victor since the Yankees from 1998-2000. Louis Cardinals, or a Milwaukee Brewers loss. He was knocked around for eight earned runs on six hits with one strikeout and two walks in only two-thirds of an inning in an 11-6 loss at the Pirates his last start, watching his ERA to spike upward by a considerable margin from 3.07 before the game started.

John Lackey headed into Thursday's matchup with a bit of uncertainty for his future as the playoffs near.

"I think it's been unbelievable", said Matheny.

Lynn will be a free agent at the end of the season. "It's a testament not just to Lance but to the medical team that helped get him right". All being delayed did was make the Cubs look like they won't be denied. "Couple all that with our bullpen, where we've got some guys that are kind of going on fumes".

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