Cubs lost Thursday night
But became Division champs
Just before midnight
It wasn't the way fans would have preferred, but when the Cubs arrive at Wrigley Field on Friday morning it will be as the champions of the National League Central Division.
Things were going the Cubs' way early when a second inning Jorge Soler home run gave them a 2-run lead. The Brewers took the lead with 3 in the third, but it was short lived after an RBI single by Cubs starter Mike Montgomery - the first hit and RBI of his career - tied the game in the bottom of the frame.
But the Cubs couldn't catch up after Milwaukee scored 2 in the top of the 7th. They scored one in the 8th on a Jason Heyward double. Then, a 2-out walk to Rizzo in the 9th brought 41,000+ fans on their feet and the potential winning run to the plate in the person of Ben Zobrist. But pinch-runner Javy Baez was out at second on a Zobrist grounder and the celebration was put on hold.
Fans turned to the Cardinals-Giants game in San Francisco. Some - like yours truly - were hoping for a Cardinals win so the Cubs would have a chance to clinch with a win on Friday. But nobody was really upset when the Giants took control of the game to give the division title to the Cubs.
This season has been full of historical firsts for the Cubs and clinching the division crown yesterday was no exception. This is the earliest, in terms of the date September 15) and the number of games (146) left, that the Cubs have grabbed a division title, It's the fastest of any team sine the 2008 Angels did it in 145 games, and ties them with the 2001 Mariners for the 5th fastest ever.
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