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The simCubs are up to two in a row now after handing the Brewers a defeat in which the starting pitcher had a two-RBI, one TOOTBLAN kinda day and Ian Happ and Willson Contreras mistreated the baseball.

Both gentlemen were 3-for-4 with a home run and Kyle Hendricks taught class, winning his 11th game to lead the staff. Dan Winkler finished the game in his usual efficient manner, Nico Hoerner continued to drive the spheroid, and Victor Caratini drove in a couple in his stint subbing for Anthony Rizzo. Vic still hasn’t gone deep, though.

If the rest of the schedule turns out like this, we’ll all be happy campers, albeit socially distant ones.

Today Ryan Yarbrough will take the hill and try to wrest the third victory in the four-game set from the clutches of the Brewers and Brandon Woodruff. 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.

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.

MLB statement to ESPN regarding teams not naming players that test positive for coronavirus: “Because COVID-19 is not considered an employment-related injury, we will respect the privacy of the players who test positive or who are under evaluation, and we will defer to their wishes regarding public updates about their status. Without their voluntary permission, we will not disclose any COVID-19 related information.”

“Incalculable” is what Chuck Greenberg, owner of 3 MiLB teams (StL/Tex/Cubs affils), told ESPN of the pandemic effect on the minors. “We may be the only industry in the country that goes 19 months without operating its core business.” “I have nothing but concern & empathy for what every industry in our country has gone through, but I don’t know that there’s another industry that is more adversely affected for a longer period of time than minor league baseball, because of our seasonality.”

Food for thought:

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