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Johnny Cueto has a chance to become the Reds' first 20-game winner since Danny Jackson went 23-8 in 1988, but no one said it would be easy. The All-Star right-hander won a classic pitching duel in his last start against Lance Lynn of the Cardinals, tossing eight scoreless innings and allowing just three hits while walking one and striking out seven last Thursday in Cincinnati.
As Anthony Rizzo headed toward the dugout in the moment after teammates mobbed him following his walkoff home run Monday night, he suddenly reached for his back as if in pain. But for a team that had lost eight of nine games, a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night at Wrigley Field - on the day both Rizzo and slugging prospect Jorge Soler returned to the lineup - returned the loud, bass-thumping music to the postgame clubhouse.
Fans will get their last chance to see the 100-year-old ballpark without a jumbo-sized video board dominating the backdrop in left field, and some players may be taking a last look around, knowing they could be wearing a different uniform the next time they're in town. The Cubs limped home from a 1-5 road trip Sunday with a 7-3 loss to the Pirates, looking listless as the season winds down.
Josh Harrison started Pittsburgh's first triple play at home in 21 years and hit a game-tying two-run double in a six-run fifth inning Sunday that helped the Pirates rally past the Chicago Cubs 7-3. Edinson Volquez improved to 4-0 in his last 10 starts for the Pirates, who began the day with a 1 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee for the NL's second wild card.
Josh Harrison started Pittsburgh's first triple play at home in 21 years and hit a tying two-run double in a six-run fifth inning Sunday that helped the Pirates rally past the Chicago Cubs 7-3. Edinson Volquez improved to 4-0 in his last 10 starts for the Pirates, who began the day with a 1 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee for the NL's second wild card.
The rookie-development program the Cubs are running at the big-league level has conspicuously included first-year manager Rick Renteria, whose game management has been called into question by longtime baseball people inside and outside the organization. But if Renteria is concerned about his job security, especially heading into a 2015 season that figures to bring higher expectations, he's not letting it show.
Although he was extremely underrated to start the season, Kris Bryant has proven that he is the best the minor leagues have to offer. Being the best prospect in the best system in all of baseball, the future looks very bright.
Javier Baez waits in the on deck circle in his first game at Coors Field. He would go on to hit a gaime winning home run int the 12th inning to beat the Rockies in Colorado.
Sep 10, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates fans wave a Pirate flag during the ninth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Pirates defeated the Phillies 6-3.
With a lineup made up mostly of rookies, run by a rookie manager, the kid Cubs got manhandled by the playoff-hopeful Toronto Blue Jays for three games at Rogers Centre. They were outscored 28-3 in a sweep that left them with a six-game losing streak heading into Thursday's day off.
Sep 9, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Cubs Luis Valbuena goes down after being hit by Toronto Blue Jays opening pitcher Mark Buehrie in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports It's been a tough stretch for the Chicago Cubs lately.
Jul 21, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson reacts on the mound during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports Yesterday was Edwin Jackson 's 31st birthday. We at Cubbies Crib of course wish him a Happy Birthday.
Jun 30, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo react after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports The Chicago Cubs have had a lot of turnover in the last few seasons.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 06:13 am
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