Cubs win Central in St. Louis


The Cardinals begin their final series of the season tonight as they welcome the Brewers to Busch Stadium to begin a three-game set.

Not only was the catch a spectacular grab, but it also served as a massive dagger to the Cardinals.

The Cubs-Cardinals rivalry added another layer on Thursday night, with the St. Louis season ending on a robbed home run from outfielder Leonys Martin. Well, it took the Cubs over 100 years to win a World Series so you can't expect them to get things right the first time around. The Cardinals counter with righty Carlos Martinez (12-11, 3.63), who gave up seven runs to the Cubs in a start against them September 15.

It came just a day after the Cubs had secured the National League (NL) Central title for the second season in a row.

Bowman, the seventh St. Louis pitcher on a night when starter Lance Lynn went five innings in perhaps his final game as a Cardinal, allowed a checked-swing single by Kyle Schwarber with one out in the 11th and then threw wildly to first, allowing Schwarber to go to second.

Cubs: Baez was back in the starting lineup.

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Commenting on the incident, Chicago Tribune quoted Russell as saying, "Normally I don't do that, but being the case of me being nacho'd all over, my cleats even, I was like, you know what, why not?"

Finishing a respectable 9-10 against the eventual World Champion Cubs in 2016, the Cardinals were decimated by Chicago in the standings by 17.5 games. Tseng then threw a 1-1 93 miles per hour fastball to DeJong, who crushed it to straightaway center field, but Martin tracked the ball and timed his leap to bring the ball back from beyond the fence to seal the Cubs' 2-1 victory. Davis, who had struck out in his first three at-bats, came through at the flawless time.

However, he went to confirm that he still remains a Cardinals fan.

Thanks to six innings of two-hit ball from 38-year-old John Lackey and Addison Russell's three-run homer in a five-run seventh inning, the Cubs capped a remarkable second-half turnaround Wednesday night when they beat the rival Cardinals 5-1 to win their second straight National League Central title.

The seasons of Lackey and Russell virtually mirrored the Cubs' mercurial year.

Lynn will be a free agent at the end of the season. "Rizzo gets hit all the time, and I don't think one time Rizzo has said anything". Just wasn't getting balls into lefties and away from righties. He made it look easier than it ought to be to get to the point where he is. "Get guys off their feet and get it off their minds".