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 sweep Pirates, await Cardinals

After reeling off 20 total runs in three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates (to their eight runs) the Chicago Cubs (47-20, 1st AL Central) are looking to repeat the process against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals beginning tonight thru Wednesday.

Last night, SP Kyle Hendrix was on fire, striking out a career high 12 batters with no walks over six innings becoming the first Cub starter to do so since Matt Garza in 2011.  The win put the Cubs a full 12 games ahead of the visiting Cardinals.  Wilson Contreras also had his first home run of his MLB career.

“He [Hendricks] was really, really good,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Great location, great movement, kept repeating his delivery, nice plays defensively.”

Tonight’s game against the Cards kicks off at 7:05.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Chicago Cubs!

Don’t forget to get your Cubs Votes in for All Star Weekend!

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Ramirez lifts Brewers past Cubbies

The Milwaukee Brewers secured their first series win this weekend after losing the initial game in the series 0-1.  Last night, Aramis Ramirez hit a solo home run in the second inning then wrapped up the game with a tie-breaking two run single in the eighth inning.

“I think we’re just getting healthy,” said Ramirez. “We got [center fielder Carlos Gomez] back, we’re starting to swing the bats better. We’ve had really good pitching, especially in this series. That’s the key. If you pitch good, you’re going to win some ballgames.

The Cubs hit the road for a three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help support your Chicago Cubs.

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