Cubs blank Cardinals then head home

Series with Brewers begins tonight

The Chicago Cubs (93-52, 1st NL Central) took two of three games against the St. Louis Cardinals (76-69, 2nd NL Central), the last of which was a 7-0 shutout at Busch Stadium. Now the hard work begins as the Cubs have the opportunity to close out the season and capture their first NL Central title in seven years in front of home fans tonight.

cubs-4“It’s been the Cardinals’ division for so many years now,” Anthony Rizzo (who had a pair of home runs) said. “We’re going to really enjoy it when we do clinch tomorrow or whenever it happens. We’re not going to take it for granted.”

“They pitched really well against us this series,” Cardinals outfielder Brandon Mosssaid. “[Kyle] Hendricks came out and threw a one-hitter [on Monday]. Then Lester came out and threw eight shutout innings. Tip your hat and move on. Not everybody is going to be that good every day. Just move on and go into a really big series [in San Francisco] and hopefully do better than we did this series.”

“Everybody talked about [clinching] coming into St. Louis, and we had a chance,” Jon Lester said. “We have to focus on the baseball side when we show up to play. Obviously, it’s right there in front of us. We have to try to win [Thursday].”

With a win over the Brewers tonight (or a Giants win over the Cardinals), the Cubs can clinch the division outright so get out and grab your tickets to the game today.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Chicago Cubs!

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Cubs kick off series against Pirates tonight

After losing the rubber game against the Nats last night in the 12th inning, the Chicago Cubs (44-20, 1st NL Central) are home and awaiting the beginning of a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (33-33, 3rd NL Central) beginning tonight.

Against the Nationals last night, the game was tied at two through the 10th and 11th innings until Jayson Werth slammed a walk off single in the 12th in front of a sold out stadium.

“They have a good team,” Werth said. “We have a good team. It was a battle. It was a good series. We played tough games at their place, too. We got swept, but I felt we played good enough to win a couple of those games.”

“That’s the type of game you see in October,” Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said.

The Pirates are coming off two losses to the New York Mets and are hoping to turn things around themselves.

Jake Arrieta is starting for the Cubs and has won 21 of his last 22 decisions.  Francisco Liriano (4-6 4.92 ERA) is starting for the Pirates. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours and be there with your Chicago Cubs.

 

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