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Cub Tracks hits the lights

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“This is it, we’ll hit the heights ... on with the show, this is it.” October surprises, extension overtures, threading the needle and other hits. See below for details.

There’s only so much news to be had right now, in these dog days of the silly season, after the playoffs while the hot stove is seasoned. We know the prevailing narratives and everything has to be woven from that woof and weft while we stew over the results.

We’ll stop there in the interests of minimizing thread drift.

Here’s Cub Tracks News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$} means limited views. Italics are often used here as sarcasm font.

SimNews:

The simCubs fell to the LA Dodgers 4-3 in a game that wasn’t close until the ninth. Kyle Hendricks pitched well enough but the bats didn’t arrive until late and Julio Urias and a gaggle of Dodger relievers maintained a shutout until Ian Happ propelled a ball into the right-field stands to lead off the ninth. Pinch-hitter Victor Caratini drove in Jason Heyward, who had tripled with one out, for the second run, and Kris Bryant took one deep for the third before Anthony Rizzo made the last out.

Jon Lester and David Price face each other in Game 4 in LA, at 11 a.m. CT. All game video and related material is available commercial-free, 24/7, at the BCB Media Center.

Food for Thought:

That’s all, folks.