Morning Marquee: Chicago Cubs able to hold lead, defeat Cardinals 6-5


Maddon ejected in Cubs victory over Cards

It was by no means pretty. Never did the lead for the Chicago Cubs feel comfortable. And even down to the very last out, it stayed interesting. But in the end,

Jon Lester

picked up his second win of the season as the Cubs ended the St. Louis Cardinals eight-game win streak while ending a four-game losing streak of their own.

Anthony Rizzo continued to be an early MVP candidate and force the discussion of adding elite to his description as a hitter. He continues to come up with the big hits, including a solo home run and a two-run double. The Cubs played the last few innings without Joe Maddon after he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Hector Rondon closed out the game for the save, but not without some drama. Starlin Castro bobbled a

Hector Rondon closed out the game for the save, but not without some drama. Castro bobbled a groundball before recovering to throw to Addison Russell for the final out at second. The tying run would have scored if the throw was late. Just a typical day for the Cubs.

If you’ve been a Cubs fan for a while, you may remember Kyle Farnsworth. And if you do, you’ll recall when the Reds Paul Wilson decided to charge the mound against him, if not see here. Now he’s using those skills for a minor-league football team. Yes, football. Not only is Farnsworth playing football at the age of 39, he’s doing it well. He leads the team in tackles with 41,  and in sacks with 11 in as many games. I point to the tackle of Wilson when he developed the fever for football. It was a good stick.

These stories and more from around the league:

‘Cubs able to hold on to lead for win over the Cardinals’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Kyle Farnsworth goes from mound to gridiron’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Nationals: Harper homers three times in win’ – District on Deck

‘Cubs activate Grimm, recall Szczur’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Votto bumps ump, may face suspension’ –

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