The Cubs kick off September the way they played in August: with a new pitcher throwing well, young guys contributing, the bullpen doing its thing, and then some homers.

Jacob Turner showed off some consistently excellent movement on his pitches (even if he struggled with locating that stuff early), and then cruised. Khris Davis took him deep early in the 7th, and his day was done. But it was a mighty nice outing. Blake Parker gave up a solo homer following Turner, but Neil Ramirez and Hector Rondon were particularly nasty to close things out.

The offense came courtesy of Jorge Soler, Welington Castillo, and Luis Valbuena, primarily. The fact that the Cubs may have just helped the Cardinals move into first place in the Central shouldn’t even enter your mind.

Oh, it just did? Sorry.

sept 1 box

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