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The real Cubs eventually got to playing and they looked a good deal like the simCubs, at least in the first part of the game, scoring early and often, getting the good start from ageless Jon Lester, the bullpen holding the line. Then the bullpen got real and commenced walking the ballpark, and the bats stopped coming around, except for a brief interlude in the sixth. That was hard to watch and dragged on and on and on and on as the lead disappeared run by run. It came down to Joey Votto and Jeremy Jeffress with the bags jammed, a one-run lead, and two gone. Jeffress prevailed, and so did the Cubs. Al will have details in his recap.

I don’t see any reason why baseball announcers should EVER wear suits and ties. Frankly, I don’t see any reason why anyone should. Or at least should HAVE to. Just not a good look, for me.

Go Marlins. Jeebus, that’s a good look.

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.

“It’s just what we’re dealing with here in 2020 in this environment. It just reheightens your awareness and continues to create a focus of going through the protocols. And I think the main thing that we’ve done a really good job of at home is following those protocols, and we’ve got to continue to do that on the road.” David Ross.

SimCubs news:

The simCubs (75-31) cut the simGiants down to size as they returned the candygram to its sender, defeating former Cub Jeff Samardzija and his school 4-2 behind the very good pitching of Alec Mills, who allowed a single earned run in four innings but was replaced by Jesus Luzardo with a runner on and the score knotted at one. Luzardo also gave up a run on a no-doubter by Ender Inciarte but no more in his two innings, and Max Fried threw a scoreless seventh, vulturing the win as Jason Kipnis launched a ball into the aether. Brandon Morrow held the Giants down for an inning until Craig Kimbrel came in to strike out the side in the ninth.

Due to fluctuations in the matrix, the highlights consist of the bottom of the ninth ... but that’s the best part. Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Kyle Schwarber doubled, and the two Jasons went deep, with Jason Heyward connecting early and sending the ball to Davy Jones’ locker in McCovey Cove.

Today Yu Darvish (9-4, 3.46) faces Johnny Cueto (5-1, 3.21). Willson Contreras will enjoy the game from the bench as Victor Caratini gets the start. Red-hot KB and his 15-game hitting streak will lead off.

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.