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Cubs Reach NL-Best Record With Weekend Sweep of Pirates

The Chicago Cubs now hold the best record in the National League after sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend.

The Pittsburgh Pirates came to town this weekend and were promptly swept straight out of Chicago by the Cubs. In doing so, the Cubs now own the best record in the National League at 7-2. Not a big deal.

Series Recap:

  • Friday, July 31st: Cubs 6, Pirates 3
  • Saturday, August 1st: Cubs 4, Pirates 3
  • Sunday, August 2nd: Cubs 2, Pirates 1

Yu Got To Love It

Watching Yu Darvish when he is on his game is similar to heading to the Louvre in Paris. I have never been to the Louvre, but Darvish working the strike zone is truly a masterpiece of art. Darvish allowed two hits and struck out seven while earning his first victory of the season on Friday night.

The local kid, Jason Kipnis, hit his first home run as a Chicago Cub in this contest. Jason Heyward delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single to give the Cubs a 6-1 lead before the struggling Craig Kimbrel came out and let up two more runs.

Chatwood Shoves Behind Longball Offense

In a series highlighted by dominant Cubs starting pitching, Tyler Chatwood was the gold star from class. The once often-mocked starting pitcher delivered one of the best performances of his career on Saturday night. He matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts and earned his second victory of the young season.

The Cubs decided to break out the lumber and put on a show for the folks at home. Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ, and Javier Baez all put a baseball in the stands to help propel the Cubs to a 4-3 victory.

Javy Walks It Off

The Cubs got their first taste of the new extra innings rule on Sunday afternoon. The good news is they truly made the most of it. Javy Baez ripped a single to give the Cubs the victory. They then proceeded to socially distance while celebrating the walk-off win.

This was all just after Kyle Schwarber shut up all the “Kyle Schwarber is a DH” crowd with a missile of a throw from left field to keep the game tied.

Jon Lester continued to shove while critics continue to wait for his inevitable “downfall”. The lefty pitched six innings while giving up one run and only yielding one walk.

The true hero of this game was a unit that has looked rather foolish all season, the bullpen. On Sunday, they pitched five innings of two-hit baseball while helping assist in the sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Next Up

The struggling Kansas City Royals come to town to begin a four-game set on Monday night. This series will be an opportunity for the Cubs to further bolster their NL-best record against one of the AL Central bottom dwellers.

Series Preview:

  • Monday, August 3rd – 7:15 PM CDT: Danny Duffy vs. Alec Mills
  • Tuesday, August 4th – 7:15 PM CDT: Brady Singer vs. Kyle Hendricks
  • Wednesday, August 5th – 7:05 PM CDT: TBD vs. Yu Darvish
  • Thursday, August 6th – 6:07 PM CDT: TBD vs. Tyler Chatwood

For postgame reactions, be sure to tune in to the Cubs On Tap podcast on all major platforms.


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