Cubs' magic number one following win over Cardinals

27 September, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Joe Maddon left and shortstop Addison Russell celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in a baseball game to clinch the National League Central title Wednesday Sept. 27 2017 in St. Louis

In a Cubs game against the Cardinals, Cubs shortstop Russell went after a hit and landed himself in the stands and in a Cardinals fan's nachos. He made the catch but at the expense of a fan's nachos!

As hard as it's been to accept, there's no denying the Cubs have unseated the Cardinals as the current NL Central standard. Russell later bought the fan nachos, posed for a selfie and brought the man 15 minutes of fame that I'm sure he didn't expect when he got to the game that night.

Not everyone was happy about the amount of attention Nacho Man got, however, including Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, who only half-jokingly attributed America's fascination with its cheesy new hero to the state of our society.

The loss eliminated St. Louis from NL Central contention and dimmed the Cardinals' wild-card hopes. St. Louis lost the final two contests of its three-game series at Pittsburgh over the weekend, while the Cubs took three of four from Milwaukee and have won 10 of their last 12.

The Cubs lead second-place Milwaukee by 5 1/2 games and can go six up with six to play with a win Monday, as the Brewers are idle.

Javier Baez hit a three-run home run in the third inning, but left the game shortly after fouling a pitch off his left leg in the eighth inning.

Adding injury to insult for St. Louis (81-75), All-Star catcher Yadier Molina left the game in the seventh after taking consecutive foul balls off the mask.

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell fell into the stands as he was going for the ball. That lead became 4-0 after Russell was doubled home by Jason Heyward.

Baez hit his first home run since September 13 with two outs, driving in Zobrist and Heyward in the third, giving Chicago an 8-1 advantage. Lester provided six innings of excellent pitching and gave up just one run while scattering five hits, including two walks and four strikeouts.

The first feat is one the Cubs have only achieved once, winning the Central in back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008. The fan was also later seen taking selfies with other fans. He's 12-and-11 with a 3.63 ERA this season.

Cubs: RHP Jake Arrieta (14-9, 3.43) will make his second start since returning from his right hamstring injury.


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