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I wanted extra innings, and so did you; Maddon said, and other bullets

Chicago Cubs v Milwaukee Brewers
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It might feel like a Monday, especially after a ninth inning that felt like a month of Sundays, but it’s Tuesday, and that means Belgian waffles? Hrm. Maybe it means welding. I dunno. It’s just a line. But Carl Edwards, Jr and Steve Cishek torched the Cubs’ chances and there’s an ‘L’ on the board. They’ll try again today in Brewtown USA. The stakes have never been higher, says one former Milwaukee resident, now living in the USA.

There are a few takeaways from the game, and the usual suspects will have a chinwag about that below. Please feel free to add your thoughts so that others may disagree and apply their own version of 20/20 hindsight. Or jump off the cliff.

And that’s the name of the game.

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Cubs News and Notes:

I love the sour grapes about this from the Milwaukee contingent on #Twitter. Cole Hamels may be the keenest Cubs wit since Dan Haren. He is also a mighty coffee enthusiast, which is talking my language.

“I think when they start getting a little bit closer and their fans sell out, then I think that’s kind of the understanding. But the Cubs fans travel well. They were representing us pretty well. I think it’s just a matter of us going out there and playing hard.

”It’s no [knock] on who they have in their dugout — they have great players and I know those guys wanna win. But in this game of baseball, you want to be able to see the fans in the stands. And obviously that’s where you feel it the most. So to be able to have the Cubs fans travel in the masses that they do, it’s great to see.

”I was able to see that in Philly when we would come down and play in Washington. The Phillies fans would come down in droves. And it would be predominantly Phillies fans in Washington’s stadium. That’s just kinda the nature of where it is. That’s probably not gonna sit too well with them, but I think they probably observed it just as well as I did.”

“I gave you a good soundbite for the week.” — Cole Hamels.

SS Addison Russell went 1 for 3 in making his first start since being activated off the disabled list on Saturday for injuries to his left middle finger and right shoulder. Russell left the game as part of a double switch in the seventh. While Russell did not have a rehab assignment the minors, Maddon said he was working him in as if he were on a rehab assignment. The shortstop entered the previous two games as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement. — ESPN.

  • Moshe Wilensky (Cubs Insider): Baseball does not have a tanking problem, it has a trading problem. “...if teams were emulating the Astros we would expect the worst teams in baseball to be in the midst of rebuilds.”
  • Jayson Stark (The Athletic {$}): What we’ve learned on Labor Day. “...the likelihood of the Cubs going 7-19 isn’t real high. But if you look at the rest of that chart, you’ll get the idea.”
  • ESPN*: Watch Joe Maddon discuss being kicked out of yesterday’s game [VIDEO].
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com*): Crew walks off; should Bryant have gone home? “It shouldn’t have even gotten to that point,” Maddon said.
  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): Hamels trolls the Brewers and — believe it or not — the Cubs are still right where they expected to be. “You look at the record, and it’s like, ‘How did we get to this point?’” Maddon said. Sahadev Sharma says the Cubs look ready for October.
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Brewers left-hander Wade Miley presents challenge for Cubs. “...left-handed batters are hitting .269 against Miley, compared to right-handed batters having a .222 average.”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun-Times* {$}): Walk-prone Tyler Chatwood has uncertain future with Cubs. ‘‘The arm’s still great; the stuff is still great,’’ Maddon said. ‘‘Obviously, it’s a command issue. We’ve just got to get him out there throwing strikes again. I don’t have any answers right now.’’
  • Carrie Muskat (MLB.com*): Chatwood activated, ready for fresh start in ‘pen. “We’ll just look for spots to get him out there,” Maddon said. Patrick Mooney ({$}) adds on, asking where the Cubs should go from here.
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): Anthony Rizzo is still scorching hot, and he’s a really good hitter, too. “...since the middle of June, we’ve had peak Rizzo and he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.”
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Cubs slugger Rizzo becomes the first left-handed hitter to take Josh Hader deep. “Before Rizzo’s home run, left-handed hitters were batting .079 (6-for-76) against Hader this season.”
  • Tony Andracki (NBC Sports Chicago*): Rizzo finds the silver lining in loss to Brewers: ‘It’s good to get smacked in the face a little bit’. Everything isn’t gonna go our way all the time,” said Rizzo, who talked up the way his team battled.
  • Mark Gonzales (Chicago Tribune* {$}): Maddon: Ben Zobrist deserves the NL Comeback Player of Year honor. “Until we got Daniel Murphy, Zo set the tone offensively for this team,” he said.
  • Tyler Kepner (NY Times* {$}): With Murphy on board, the Cubs try to win every pitch. Murphy said the Cubs had impressed him with their relentless approach at the plate, and explained the team’s success succinctly: “A clear plan and the execution of that plan,” he said.
  • Matt Monagan (Cut Four): Javier Baez saluted Zach Davies after striking out. “Despite his misfortune, Davies deserved some respect.”
  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation): The continued evolution of El Mago, and his very special 30/100 season. “Just gonna keep saying it: M. V. P.”

Food for thought:

Thanks for playing along.