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Cub Tracks’ lightning strikes

#Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB news and notes. The Cubs almost extended their gonfalon dreams by one day with a trouncing of the Brewers. Taillon with his first MLB save.

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Welcome to today’s episode of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, steeped in writers’ tears, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor.

Eric Lauer was feeling generous.

Unfortunately, so was Jordan Wicks. He allowed those six earned in 1⅔ innings. But the pen came in — Hayden Wesneski (3-5), Javier Assad and Jameson Taillon combined for 7⅓ scoreless innings, with Taillon earning his first MLB save. Meanwhile the bats got busy.

Sadly, it was for naught, as the Marlins beat the Pirates 7-3. Still, this season of competitive baseball was a bolt from the blue from the start, and it’s been a great time. There’s a game today, and then that’s it.

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“You earn your right to go to the postseason,” David Ross said before Saturday’s game. “We have not played postseason caliber baseball for a team that deserves to be in the postseason as of late. That’s just a fact. To get into the big dance, you gotta play well and you gotta play well when it matters. We haven’t.” — Tony Andracki.

“... it doesn’t sound as if Hoyer has any inclination to make a change in managers, and Ross will be in charge again for a fifth season in 2024.” — Paul Sulliivan.

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