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Cubs Take Series from Cardinals

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Perfect hasn’t been a word the Chicago Cubs have been able to use much this season because of their poor start. So far the Cubs have been close to perfect since coming out of the All-Star break. Sunday evening, Quintana and the red-hot Cub batters defeated the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday night on national tv 5-3 to take the weekend series.


Friday, Cubs snapped their six-game wins streak after the bullpen allowed the Cardinals to score nine runs in the top of the eighth to take the lead. The bright spot for the Cubs was that Jake Arrieta pitched six strong innings, allowing 2 runs on five hits with 6 strikeouts.

Saturday, Jon Lester, and Adam Wainwright dueled back and forth like it was 2013. Lester allowed two solo-home runs to Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk in the top of the eighth. Lester only allowed 3 hits over eight innings while striking out ten Cardinals. Cubs answered back with RBI hits from Zobrist, Bryant, and Rizzo in the bottom half. Wade notched his 19th straight save to start the season.

Sunday, trade acquisition Jose Quintana was gearing toward making his Wrigley Field debut and keeping his momentum going after his start in Baltimore.  Bottom of the second, Quintana allowed a 2-run home run to Grichuk (second of the series) to give the Cards the early lead. After an Addison Russell double in the third, Heyward doubles and drives in Russell. Bryant then ties with a RBI single that scores Heyward.

Kyle Schwarber hits a rocket for his 15th home run in the fourth to tie the game.

Wilson Contreras added a 2-run home run hit his 15th home run this season to take the lead.

Quintana ended the night tossing six innings, allowing 3 runs on five hits with seven strikeouts. Quintana wins his second start since being traded.

Wade Davis earned his 2oth save in 20 chance this season after a scoreless ninth.

Today’s win and Brewers’ loss make them tied for first place in the NL Central. Things are looking upward for this Cubs team.

Fact of the Day

The Chicago White Sox have not won a game since July 8th versus the Colorado Rockies. Why is this significant? Current Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana currently has the most recent White Sox and Cubs victory.

What’s Next

The Cubs don’t have much traveling to do this week despite four of their games being away games. The Cubs face Crosstown-rival (trade partner) Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers this week.

Chicago White Sox head into Wrigley Field wanting to defeat the Cubs, not only to end their losing skid but also to guarantee the Crosstown Cup remains on the Southside. Two games are held Wrigley before the head down south for the final two at Guaranteed Rate Field.

After a series with the White Sox, the Cubs head north for a big 3-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.