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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 7, Blue Jays 4 – August 18, 2017

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Back to the winning ways! For a day at least!


Jake Arrieta had it going again today, with 6.1 innings of excellent work (and a hat tip to Carl Edwards for finishing off that 7th inning), and he helped set the Cubs up with a healthy 5-1 lead going into the 8th.

And then the thing happened that seems to always happen lately, the bullpen blew up. This time it was the typically-reliable Pedro Strop (well, at least recently), and it was all with two outs: a bloop single, a slightly harder single, then a two-strike double to left, and a two-strike seeing-eye single. There was absolutely randomness and bad luck involved, but here’s the thing: on both of those two-strike hits, Strop had the batters set up to flail at a buried slider. Instead, he hung both of them. Baseball in a nutshell: a lot of luck and randomness, but also a whole lot of player execution that you can control.

Fortunately for the Cubs, it was all academic, both because Wade Davis didn’t allow a run in the 9th for his 25th straight save, and also because Javy Baez hooked the Cubs up with a two-run insurance blast in the bottom of the 8th.

The Cubs overall had a solid day at the plate, including a perfect one from Victor Caratini. Also, Anthony Rizzo trolled his former teammate Miguel Montero – who was famously set free after his comments about pitchers not contributing in the running game – by stealing a base. Ben Zobrist tried, too, but Miggy got his revenge on that one.


It was a good way to dust off from yesterday’s game, and also to get the weekend started on the right foot.

Full box score.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.