The scene was perfectly set. The lowly Brewers in town. Cubs needing one win to clinch the division. Ticket prices skyrocketing as fans filled Wrigley to it’s max capacity to see the Cubs clinch at home. A sight not seen since 2008.
All started well as Soler pounded a two-run homer at light speed into the left-field bleachers. Montgomery was pitching well. But then things turned a bit. Addison Russell, the normally sure-handed shortstop, got a case of the yips. Three bad throws to Rizzo (only two of which were errors as Rizzo managed to pluck one from the sky on a leaping grab) gave the Brewers extra outs. Even a team as bad as Milwaukee cannot be toyed with in such a manner! They made the Cubs pay and took a 5-4 win o a night where fans dang near demanded a win.
All was not lost.
On the West Coast, the Giants and Cardinals were getting underway. If Cardinals lose, the Cubs will clinch. A Cardinals win means the Cubs team needs to rally for their Friday game against the Brewers and pull out a win. No need. The Cardinals falter and the Giants assure a clinch for the Cubs.
No more magic number needed. The Cubs can now shape their rotation, rest schedule and efforts towards maximizing the potential come playoff time. To honor the 2016 Division Champion Cubs and support their run into the playoffs, now is the time to buy your Cubs gear and tshirts!