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Baseball history unpacked, July 31

Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news

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... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review hand-threaded seams from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history*.

Today in baseball history:


The simCubs took all four games from the Giants and are flat-out looking more and more inevitable at 78-31 (Cleveland has the same record). This was a game of contrasts — Kyle Hendricks (13-3, 2.69) was possibly more valuable as a hitter than as a pitcher, as his sixth-inning single broke up a no-hitter bid from Drew Smyly. Hendricks gave up a long drive to Adam Duvall (15) for two runs that held up until Kris Bryant (24) and his billboard hit a clutch three-run bomb in the eighth to give the Cubs a lead that Brad Wieck (3-0) promptly relinquished in the bottom of the inning. Wieck then was the beneficiary of a simCubs EXPLOSION, an eight-run, three-homer beatdown of the Giants’ hopes to salvage a game. Noted clutch hitter David Bote (6) jacked one out of the yard for three, Pittsburgh native Ian Happ (27) followed with a solo voyage into the Cove, and versatile weapon Javier Baez (19) took a mighty swing and capped off the scoring with a three-run humdinger of his own. Dan Winkler mopped up and kept everything sparkling clean. Great stuff!

Today’s game features Ryan Yarbrough (11-4, 3.30) against Eric Lauer (9-7, 4.36) at beautiful simWrigley Field for the first game of a three-game set.

Here are the current standings and league leaders.

Saturday and Sunday we’ll detail any trades and the results of contract extension talks. We have news on both fronts.


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