9/21 Cubs 3, Braves 1

The Cubs scored three runs in the eighth to post a 3-1 victory Saturday over the Braves, and force Atlanta to wait a little longer before clinching the NL East division. The Braves’ magic number is one. Anthony Rizzo hit a RBI double, Dioner Navarro smacked a RBI single and Nate Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth for the win. Pedro Strop pitched the ninth for his first save of the season. Carlos Villanueva got the win in relief of starter Travis Wood, who gave up one run over seven-plus innings. It was Wood’s 24th quality start. Wood is one inning shy of 200, and will get that in his next start Friday against the Cardinals.

Rizzo’s double was his 62nd extra base hit, the most by a left-handed Cubs batter since Corey Patterson’s 63 in 2004. Villanueva is now 5-0 with a 0.93 ERA in his last eight relief appearances.

The Braves may stay at Wrigley Saturday night to celebrate. They clinch the division if the Nationals lose to the Marlins

“One day, hopefully that will be us and we’ll move forward from there,” Wood said of the Braves.

— Carrie Muskat


I’ve been on Sveum for a while now and this game validates my point. Good things can happen when managers make smart, logical and widely accepted decisions such as Sveum pinch hitting Murphy for Valbuena. Murphy singled which helped set up the three run inning. The day before Sveum does NOT pinch hit for Barney with two outs, bottom of the ninth…he lets our weakest hitter take his AB and we go down without a fight. A fight would have been to use one of the many available pinch hitters on the bench and forgo Barney’s gold glove defense should the cubs miraculously score four runs and tie the game. But Svuem chooses to leave Barney in and he promptly sends a white flag fly ball, easy out thereby signaling another surrender by Sveum. This game? Sveum got it right. Win or lose, THIS game he got it right. About time. But is it too late for the “currently being evaluated and in over his head” manager? Maybe.

U seriously don’t expect to get a good evaluation of a manager with this crap team … ya maybe he has done some odd things but he is grasping at straws… I don’t care who we have manage this team but if we don’t upgrade the talent we are still a 90 loss team

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