As Tyler Chatwood struggled yet again, the Chicago Cubs offense rallied late to snap the team’s skid against the last-place Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
I wouldn’t call the Chicago Cubs win on Saturday pretty, but it counts just the same in the standings. Trailing by five runs on two separate instances in the game, the offense erupted for four runs in the eighth behind yet another clutch knock from Ben Zobrist.
Along with Zobrist, Javier Baez continued to make his case for an All-Star Game nod. He collected four hits, driving in a pair – including hitting his team-leading 17th home run. On the mound, Tyler Chatwood struggled again. Before the Cubs even came to the dish, he allowed two runs to score via wild pitch. Joe Maddon milked him for all he’s worth, pushing him to a career-high 120 pitches before turning things over to the pen.
And it was right about then things turned around for Chicago. The win, coupled with a Brewers loss to the Braves, pulled the Cubs within 1 1/2 games of first. They still hold a one-game edge in the race for the wild card – but that’s hardly the target we’re shooting at.
One thing is abundantly clear: the National League Central seems to be a dogfight. One that isn’t likely to slow up anytime soon, either. After narrowly missing out on a division title last year, Milwaukee wants to finish the job in 2018. The Cubs, meanwhile, are seeking a third consecutive NL Central crown. Time will tell who comes out on top.
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Jon Lester looks for the series win against Luis Castillo Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field. This concludes the Cubs’ first-half home schedule. Chicago then heads out west heading into the All-Star Break.