Notes from #Cubs 2-1 win over Indians

Kris Bryant hit his second career walk-off home run Monday with two outs in the ninth to lead the Cubs to a 2-1 win over the Indians. Bryant now has three home runs in his last two games, and is the first Cubs rookie with 20 homers since Tyler Colvin hit 20 in 2010. Bryant is the first Cubs rookie with 75 RBI since Geovany Soto drove in 86 in 2008. Monday also was the Cubs’ Major League-leading 12th walk-off of the season.

Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead RBI triple in the seventh. He finished the seven-game homestand with nine RBI.

Jon Lester went 8 2/3 innings for the first time in his career. It was his longest outing as a Cub. He has given up two runs of less in six of his last seven starts, and has a 2.66 ERA in his last 10 starts since July 1. Lester is the first Cubs pitcher to make six-consecutive starts at Wrigley Field since Fergie Jenkins made seven in a row, June 14-July 20, 1982.

Hector Rondon got the win, and now is 2-0 with 11 saves and a 0.46 ERA (1 ER/19 2/3 IP) in his last 19 outings since July 17.

The Cubs are 20-4 since July 29, the best record in MLB in that span. They now have a 6 1/2 game lead over the Giants for the second Wild Card spot.


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I’m going to take a stab and say the Cubs are going to snag first overall.

Like your thinking Mark! Let’s get through this roadtrip here with SF and LA and we should have a good idea. Cubs will have to take care of business in the head to head games with the Cards and Pirates. Cubs need to take it one game at a time. It has been a good year already.

I don’t think the current Cubs starting rotation is quite up to overtaking both the Pirates and the Cards for the division title. Beyond Arrieta and Lester the three remaining starters have shown little regarding dominating any team let alone the likes of very good teams such as the Pirates and Cardinals. I will keep my sights firmly focused on a wild card spot, which will not come easy but the current Cubs are quite capable of fighting for at least that much. I certainly do not mean to diminish your optimism Mark and tomtex only that I do not share it. One more stud starter and one more stud reliever….then we’re talking division title. I hope to have that optimism at the beginning of 2016. However, a happy playoff run to the 2015 WS beginning with a wild card berth??? I’ll take it.

Fonzie, I’m with you on the pitching! Injuries not helping our chances either. 6 up on SF, don’t want to count our chickens too early. Joe won’t let that happen! Would be sweet if the Cubs put more distance from SF. On paper for next year Cubbies look a monster!

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