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On Tuesday, the Cubs punched their ticket to the National League Championship Series with a 6-4 win over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLDS. Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber all blasted home runs, and the bullpen sealed the game late to give the Cubs a 3-1 series win.
Yesterday marks the first time in franchise history that the Cubs clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field. They now await the winner of the Dodgers-Mets NLDS series. The NLCS will get underway on Saturday.
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Behind Jake Arrieta’s dominant four-hit, 11-strikeout, complete-game effort and Kyle Schwarber’s two-run bomb into the Allegheny River, the Cubs topped the Pirates 4-0 in the NL Wild Card game Wednesday night. The Cubs now head to St. Louis for the start of a best-of-five National League Division Series on Friday against the Cardinals.
With Monday’s game deadlocked at 0-0 in the bottom of the 11th inning, pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia took the first pitch he saw from Royals reliever Miguel Almonte into the left-field bleachers, giving the Cubs their major league-leading 13th walk-off victory of the season.
With one out in the top of the sixth inning, first baseman Anthony Rizzo scaled the rolled tarp lining the wall just beyond the first-base dugout, put his left foot atop the knee-high brick wall separating fans from the field and snagged a foul ball before falling into the stands. The first-base umpire originally signaled that Rizzo was out of play before making the catch, but the call was overturned after an official review.
After Dexter Fowler tied the game with a single in the eighth inning, Chris Coghlan stepped up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and drew a walk-off walk to give the Cubs a 2-1 victory Wednesday. The Cubs go for the four-game sweep over the NL East-leading Mets Thursday afternoon.
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Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta turned 29 years old Friday. The right-hander enjoyed his best season as a major leaguer last year, finishing 10-5 with a 2.53 ERA and a 9.6 K/9 rate over 156.2 innings. He’s projected to start Sunday as the Cubs host the Rangers in Cactus League action.
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Since Manny Ramirez (right) joined the Cubs organization midway through 2014, he has worked as a mentor for many of the young players in the system, including second baseman Javier Baez (left). This season, Ramirez, a two-time World Series champion and a member of the 500 home run club, is serving as a hitting consultant for the organization. He’ll continue to work with the players as the year progresses.
Monday was photo day at Cubs camp in Mesa, Arizona, so the players and coaches spent the morning running from station to station getting their pictures taken and doing interviews. The day includes everyone from team photographers to Topps to MLB.com to, well, us.
But just as the gauntlet was coming to an end, the skies opened up and washed out most of the training day in “sunny” Arizona. The players did their work in the batting cages, and they should be back at it on the practice fields Tuesday, when sunnier skies are expected. The Cubs open their Cactus League slate on Thursday with split-squad games against the Athletics at Sloan Park and the Giants in Scottsdale.
All spring long, watch for our video series with players and coaches here on the blog.