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Triple-header day, yay. The simCubs played early and the real Cubs played two, later. The Cubs split the twin bill with the stinkin’ Cardinals and the simCubs lost the third of four to the streakin’ Dodgers.

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.

“They’re really close to just really blowing up. I really feel it. ...They’re close. It’s going to happen soon. I have a feeling.” – Alec Mills on the Cubs offense.

Yu Darvish being free to be himself is the magic formula.” – David Ross, reflecting on Darvish’s dominance since the second half of last season.

SimNews:

Jon Lester celebrated Prince Spaghetti Day by throwing meatballs while David Price threw risotto until Kris Bryant solved that problem with a fourth-inning base gnocchi. By that time the score was 4-0 and a single was only a moral victory. Bryant was stranded at second base and Price continued to blow beans past Cubs batters.

The Cubs had openings but they were unable to thread the noodle. Jesus Luzardo came in for the seventh and nibbled the strike zone like it was an antipasto tray, which resulted in two more Dodger tallies, and the Cubs continued to behave as if their bats had been packed in Italian ice when Byung-Hun Kim came in to relieve Price and struck out Javier Baez and Willson Contreras in succession.

Brad Wieck was able to quiet Dodgers bats in the eighth but Dan Winkler found a stray meatball and AJ Pollock knocked the cheese off of it, delivering the ball to the bleachers for the Dodgers’ fifth homer of the day and an 8-0 lead. Ross Stripling wasn’t any easier on the Cubs, who continued to swing as though they were wielding bread sticks until Anthony Rizzo put out a hit on a piece of mid-zone mozzarella and knocked the red gravy out of it for a first offense.

Unfortunately, it was also the last offense, and the game ended 8-1. Price and Lester now have identical records.

The Cubs will try to salvage the final game of the series against Alex Wood (6-7, 5.21). Kyle Hendricks (15-4, 2.75), at 3 pm CT. KB will play first today to give Rizzo a bit more rest, with Nico in center again, Baez and Contreras three and four, Ian Happ in right, David Bote playing third, and Almora in left, with Greg Jones in the lineup again in the 8 spot. All game video and related material is available commercial-free, 24/7, at the BCB Media Center.

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