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Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games

30 September 2017, 03:49 | Donald Newman

Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games

New York Mets' Robert Gsellman winds up during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday Sept. 27 2017 in New York

But in the first inning of Wednesday's game, the Cardinals retaliated.

Not only was the catch a spectacular grab, but it also served as a massive dagger to the Cardinals.

The Cardinals now trail Colorado by 3.5 games in the NL Wild Card.

If the Cubs thought surviving the World Series hangover and coming from a deep deficit to win the division was tough this season, wait until they get a load of the loaded Washington Nationals.

The third baseman doubled home a run in the 11th inning Thursday night, giving the Cubs a 2-1 victory.

On a late September night in 2013, the St. Louis Cardinals clinched a National League Central title by beating the Chicago Cubs.

Michael Wacha (12-9) quashed the Cubs' offense for six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and fanning eight on just 60 pitches. Later in the first, Dexter Fowler tripled and scored when Paul DeJong's two-out grounder was booted by fill-in shortstop Mike Freeman.

If last season was about the wait for the Cubs, this one is about the grind. Addison Russell hit the game-winning three-run home run in the seventh, and Wade Davis closed out the game by getting Randal Grichuk to fly out to the wall in center field. Davis, who had struck out in his first three at-bats, came through at the ideal time.

The team saved its best play for the last two months of the season, allowing St. Louis to tease a postseason run over the last three or so weeks. The Cubs defeat the St. Louis Cardinal 5-1, clinching the National League Central Division for the second consecutive season.

The Cardinals start the night 3 ½ games behind No. H2 wild card Colorado, meaning they would have to beat the Chicago Cubs Thursday and then sweep wild-card contender Milwaukee this weekend to have a chance to tie Colorado.

Commenting on the incident, Chicago Tribune quoted Russell as saying, "Normally I don't do that, but being the case of me being nacho'd all over, my cleats even, I was like, you know what, why not?" No room but the bullpen exists for John Lackey, despite a strong start in the clincher. Still, there was an argument to be made that the series loss was an isolated incident, and the Cardinals future remained bright.

Lackey is 38 and will be a free agent after the season. I'm going to give the edge to the Cubs for one reason, Dusty Baker can't seem to win when it counts, and Joe Maddon has a proven record.

The players don't have to admit it-again, that's not their job-but eventually, explaining away the Cubs dominance of the rivalry to "just baseball" is no longer a true representation of the situation.

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