The Chicago Cubs are in a prizefight with two other clubs in the NL Central. But Wednesday night’s game might just prove to be one of those that they look back upon fondly if they do indeed make the postseason after they twice gave up leads to the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field. Having led 6-2 and 10-9 at stages, the Cubs just never quit and refused to give up the win.
They let in nine runs in the middle fifth through seventh, yet they wouldn’t be denied what turned out to be their 43rd home victory of the season in 62 outings. While that does suggest they have had a very hum-ho away record, it does show that they are strong at home and up for the challenge. Kris Bryant proved to be the game winner on the night, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth that (finally) put them ahead for good at 12-11. In total, the two teams combined for seven homers in the game, including one for Mike Yastrzemski of the Giants. Thanks to the Brewers beating the Cardinals, the Cubs now have a half a game up over their division rivals.