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Hooray, for we have meatloaf. The simCubs were victorious as Javier Baez (15) sent a ninth-inning blast into the left field seats and Craig Kimbrel nailed down the save after Jesse Winker tied the game with a grand slam off of Alec Mills in the sixth after a rare Kris Bryant error opened the floodgates (none of the runs were earned).

Nick Castellanos homered to lead off, and Willson Contreras (20) opened the Cubs’ scoring in the top of the 2nd with a long blast to left-center, tying the score. The teams added one more run each and then the Cubs had a big inning in the fifth, scoring four runs to fashion a 6-2 lead. Then Winker’s drive tied the game in the sixth, and there was no more scoring until Javy Javy’d. Kyle Schwarber (17) also homered on the day. Jesus Luzardo and Ryan Tepera (6-1) turned in creditable outings, and Tepera escaped with the W. Kimbrel’s save was his 27th (one behind Giovanny Gallegos).
The Reds are an even 15 games out of first, in third place. The 45-34 Brewers are in second.

Today, Yu Darvish (7-3, 3.16) will try for the sweep against Luis Castillo (5-3, 3.36), who has been the Reds’ stopper a couple of times this year already. Al will have more about the game in the game post at 2:30 p.m. CT, and then I’ll post the actual URL to the stream at 3 p.m. CT. Or you can catch the game at the BCB Media Center and also catch past games and game videos, if you want the full #simCubs experience.

MLB’s 60-game schedule will largely feature divisional play (~40 games); rest of games will be against the opposite league’s corresponding geographical division (AL East v NL East; AL Central v NL Central; AL West v NL West).

And now, 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.

I’ll be excited about the return of major-league baseball when there are replacement players, replacement owners and a replacement commissioner. — Rick Morrissey.

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