That’s nine straight. And another sweep. Wow. The Cubs are good, indeed.
It was a tight one all night, but the Cubs managed to scrape together a few runs and hold on from there.
The Cubs were actually thumping the ball around all night, repeatedly dotting the air above the warning track but juuuuuust shy of taking the ball out. It was one of those nights where, had they lost, folks would’ve been far more frustrated by the Cubs being “held down” by Ricky Nolasco. I’m not really sure the Cubs were held down – the balls just found gloves. As they sometimes do.
Thankfully, the defense was excellent once again, and Jason Hammel pitched very well. There was a little trouble in the 8th inning, but Carl Edwards Jr. managed to get out of a second-and-third, nobody-out situation – with the heart of the order up, too – and allowed just one run to score. He could be leaned on more and more in these big spots down the stretch.
That situation, by the way, started when Pedro Strop tried to make a play on a dribbler and had the leave the game with an apparent injury. More on Strop later, I’m sure. (UPDATE: Sure enough, see the further information added to that post.)