Chicago Cubs hold off Nationals; Bleachers get another improvement

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Hammel sharp again; Bleachers getting better

The Chicago Cubs rode

Jason Hammel

‘s performance into the ninth, but a leadoff home run from

Bryce Harper

foiled his shot at the complete game. After a quick walk from

Hector Rondon

, he got the hook in place of

Pedro Strop

who closed out the 4-2 win for the Cubs.

Kris Bryant

and

Anthony Rizzo

continued to be the offensive leaders, each driving in a run for the 25-20 Cubs.

Jonathan Herrera

added a late RBI to give them a cushion heading into the ninth. For Rondon, it was another appearance that wasn’t sharp, and clearly Maddon has taken notice.

The Wrigley Field bleachers just keep getting better. On top of the massive renovation, the Cubs were approved to add two new permanent concession areas to the bleacher area. These as well as four “portable” stands should help alleviate wait times, as well as give the bleacher crowd more options for food and drink. The Cubs hope to have the additions done sometime in July.

The woman struck by a broken bat at Fenway at Friday night’s game is expected to survive after suffering life-threatening injuries. The woman, Tonya Carpenter, was struck by a piece of Brett Lawrie‘s bat when it broke and went into the stands on the third-base side. It’s a cautionary tale that when at a baseball game, especially when sitting that close that attention must be given to the game at all times.

These and other stories that may interest you:

‘Hammel goes eight in Cubs 4-2 victory’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Police say fan injured at Fenway expected to survive’ – MLB.com

‘Evolution of the Wrigley bleachers continues’ – Cubbies Crib

Top 5 teams likely to add pitching this summer’ – FanSided MLB

‘Kershaw reigns in win over St. Louis’ – Lasorda’s Lair

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