Chicago Cubs Clinch 2017 NL Central Title, Postseason Berth

Cardinal fans not happy the Cubs clinched Central title at Busch

It appeared the Cardinals tied the game back up with two outs in the bottom half of the inning, when Paul DeJong crushed a Jen-Ho Tseng offering to deep center field.

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

Meanwhile the Cubs, who rested all of their regular starters for Thursday's game, will get to head home to Wrigley Field for a final three game series against the Cincinnati Reds before their postseason begins against the Washington Nationals next week.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a home run by Ian Happ off Lance Lynn, likely making his final start for the Cardinals. He beat his former team to help his current team clinch the tough National League Central Division title for the second year in a row. The Cardinals are 1-4 in Lynns last 5 home starts vs. Cubs, 0-7 in Lynns last 7 starts vs. Cubs and the Cubs are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

Randal Grichuk has been one of the few Cardinals to play well against the Cubs this season, as he is slugging.864.

Jedd Gyorko got a run back for the Cardinals in the second with a one-out home run, the first of his three hits, into left field to cut the lead to 5-1.

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Davis had been 0-for-4 going into that at-bat and had struck out three times, which he said was the first time he had done that in his professional career.

As he continues to undergo testing in the concussion protocol, All-Star catcher Yadier Molina again is out of the Cardinals' lineup. St. Louis has to win its remaining four games and hope Colorado is swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a weekend series to force a one-game playoff for the chance to play at Arizona on Wednesday night in the wild-card round.

"I assume people aren't picking us to win the whole thing", Epstein said. They have responded by winning 14 of their next 17, the way champions do, including three out of four in Milwaukee over the Brewers in what felt like a playoff simulation. Lynn will test the free agency market in the offseason.

The words did not come easy for St. Louis manager Mike Matheny after the Cardinals were eliminated from postseason contention in a 2-1, 11-inning loss to the rival Chicago Cubs on Thursday night. No room but the bullpen exists for John Lackey, despite a strong start in the clincher. 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.

Hendricks could be in line to start the Cubs' playoff opener, as the 27-year-old has been sharp of late. Just wasn't getting balls into lefties and away from righties. All being delayed did was make the Cubs look like they won't be denied.



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