Walking Off Tall!

The Chicago Cubs did it again today! The Cubs were supposed to have today off but there was a scheduled makeup game added to their schedule stemming from a series earlier in the year with the Cleveland Indians. The starting pitchers were two of the best in baseball as Jon Lester opposed reigning AL Cy Young Award Winner Corey Kluber in what turned out to be quite the pitcher’s duel. In the end Chicago and all of baseball saw yet another dramatic victory for the Cubs who now stand at 21 games over five-hundred on the season while quietly getting themselves not only securely into the playoffs, but even back into contention for the AL Central now trailing St. Louis by just six in the loss column.

Corey Kluber was absolutely sensational today as he had a no-hitter through 5.1IP before it was broken up by David Ross who nearly missed a home run earlier in the game that was overturned upon replay. The scoring was opened by Anthony Rizzo as he tripled to right scoring Coghlan. On the mound Jon Lester was equal to the task as he came within one out of a shutout before the game was tied in the ninth by a Carlos Santana single to left that scored PR Abraham Almonte. Hector Rondon would record the final out of the ninth as he got PH Roberto Perez to ground out to Bryant.

It didn’t take long for the Cubs to walk-off with the win as Kris Bryant would clobber the first pitch he saw into the bleachers in right for the 2-1 victory. Hector Rondon got one out and was awarded the win and the hold because of Bryant’s 20th round tripper on the year. The Cubs trail the Pirates by 2.5 games in the Wild-Card before Monday night’s action. Chicago will head out on a six game west coast trip that’ll take them to San Francisco and Los Angeles to take on the NL West Rivals. Pittsburgh opens a four game series in Miami tonight before a weekend set back at home against Colorado. Meanwhile the NL Central leading Cardinals head to the suddenly hot desert for four where the Diamondbacks have got themselves over five-hundred by a game. After that the Cardinals head to San Francisco for a weekend series.

The Cubs road this week is a treacherous one, especially considering where the Pirates have to go, it could allow Pittsburgh to cushion their lead in the Wild Card if Chicago lets off the throttle. The Cubs are in firm position of that second Wild Card spot as they’re now 6.5 up on the idle Giants. Getting through these two series at 3-3 would be exceptional. The Cubs lead all of baseball with 12 walk-off wins this year leading three teams who have nine.