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The last triple-header of the year for me, thank the gods of baseball. The simCubs did well. The real Cubs. somewhat less so. Adam Wainwright did that thing he does to everyone except Ian Happ and the Cubs’ relief corps failed in the second game, as did the Cubs’ bats. Double-header sweeps are nasty, but there are still the Sunday and Monday games to play, and the Cubs can still come out on top. 20 regular season games left.

I see Steven Souza Jr. was DFA’d. I wish him well personally but he didn’t make the grade as a batsman. Kapow! Kazooey! That writing was on the wall when Jose Martinez and Cameron Maybin were acquired, and it didn’t take the Darknight Detective to figure it out. But between games of a double-header? Ouch.

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’m just a part of the machine here. I am happy to be out there in center field every day. I’m happy to be hitting leadoff for this team. My goal every day is to get on base and set the stage for Kris and Rizz and Javy. I just want to do my job here.” Ian Happ.

SimNews:

The simCubs played to a dramatic close, with Anthony Rizzo unloading an oppo shot in the tenth as the Cubs came all the way back for a satisfying 3-2 win. Jesus Luzardo (14-2, 2.13) earned yet another late victory. The simCubs are back to 50 games over .500 at 96-46 and should win their 100th of the season this coming week.

20 games left for the simCubs also — today is the last game against the Reds this year. Kyle Hendricks (16-4, 2.64) ‘the Professor’ will be holding class against Tyler Mahle (3-10, 6.65), with the game ‘airing’ at 3 p.m. CT. All game video and related material is available commercial-free, 24/7, at the BCB Media Center.

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