THE FIRST PITCH Cubs 2 Brewers 1

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Rally caps, thinking caps, and sleeping caps all capped off a five hour night cap victory for the Cubs.

1. The Cubs tied the game at 1 with one out in the ninth on Addison Russell’s RBI grounder off closer Jeremy Jeffress, but otherwise left the tying or go-ahead run in scoring position from the eighth through 11th innings.
2. With the bases loaded with Brewers and nobody out, the Cubs employed a five-man infield in the 12th, with Kris Bryant moving from left field to third base to first base before returning to left. 
3. Pitcher Travis Wood drove in the go-ahead run when he walked with the bases loaded in the 13th inning
4. Catcher David Ross picked two runners off second base and threw out two runners attempting to steal.
5. Starter Jason Hammel (5-0) is 8-0 with a 2.37 ERA in 11 career starts against Milwaukee. Here’s hoping that he went to bed in regulation time, it’s a 12:40 p.m. start Thursday.

Dan Vogelbach, the Cubs’ No. 20 prospect went 8-for-24 (.333) with three homers, two doubles, eight RBIs and seven walks over seven games last week for Triple-A Iowa to capture Pacific Coast League Player of the Week. The 2011 second-rounder first baseman owns a .330/.430/.548 line with six homers, seven doubles and 29 RBIs in 33 games for the I-Cubs in 2016.

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May 19, 1979 – After a bitter six-week strike, major league umpires return to work.
During the work stoppage, the men in blue were replaced by amateur arbiters.
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