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Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates
I think I hit the albatross!
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The simCubs sail on, having taken the first of three games with the woeful Pittsburgh Pirates 13-5. Ian Happ, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber, and Anthony Rizzo clubbed cannonballs and the score wasn’t as close as it looks, with erstwhile closer Craig Kimbrel getting keelhauled in the ninth, allowing four runs before Brad Wieck got everything ship-shape.

Neither Tyler Chatwood nor Mitch Keller made it to the fifth inning, Chatwood having fired entirely too many rummy shots for anyone’s liking and Keller having been overcome with the gopher balls that were apparently served by the Pirates’ galley as canapes.

Jason Heyward and Jason Kipnis also contributed key hits to the Cubs’ broadside. Al will have more information about today’s second game in the series, in the game post, at 2:30 pm CT for our 3 p.m. start. I’ll drop the specific URL to the contest in the game thread, but you can lurk at the BCB Media Center and catch it there as well. All past games and highlights reels are available there as well. I also make plenty of data available on my Twitter account, immediately pre- and post-game.

And now, here’s Cub Tracks News and Notes, the only links column that really matters. 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.

All eight of Chicago’s major-league professional sports teams signed on to a new public information campaign with a motto that would’ve been unthinkable in any year but 2020: “We Are Not Playing.”

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