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The simCubs brought the lumber again Saturday in the park, and will be bringing their brooms to the ballpark today. The Nationals hardly knew what hit them as the Cubs batted around and then some in the seventh inning, pounding extra-base hits and deep flies in a nine-run uprising.

Tyler Chatwood pitched seven shutout innings and Dan Winkler took over and pitched two shutout frames of his own. Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, David Bote, and Jason Heyward all connected for home runs, with KB’s homer in the sixth looking like the game-winner it turned out to be after a tense zero-to-zero affair. Schwarber and Heyward hit back-to-back jacks, with JHey’s circuit clout capping the scoring. Patrick Corbin took the loss, his second against three victories, having allowed one earned run before the Cubs turned the Nationals’ relief corps into meatloaf. Chatwood won his second and looked good doing it, walking no batters in the outing and striking out three.

Today Yu Darvish will oppose Anibal Sanchez. Al will have more information about that in the game post at 2:30 p.m. 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 too, if you want the full #simCubs experience.

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.

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