Victory of Morel from Cub Tracks – Bleed Cubbie Blue

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The big question of the day was 15 or 11? What series continues? Keegan Thompson and Charlie Morton started trading zeros. And, surprisingly, it stayed that way for 7⅓ innings and more pitchers until Jonathan Villar scored on a fly sack from Christopher Morel. David Robertson tried his best for the save, but saved the game he did, and the Cubs’ losing streak was history.

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  • Jordan Bastian (*): Cubs hit 2 streaks – 10-game skid, Braves 14-game push. “According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time since Sept. 15, 1999 (Phillies vs. Astros) that a team with a double-digit losing streak beat a club with a double-digit winning streak.” Tony Andracki has more.
  • Alexander Patt (Cubbies Crib*): Cubs fans are reaching levels of apathy we haven’t seen in years. “The fans are exhausted to the point that they don’t seem to care anymore.”
  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation*): Cubs injury updates: Suzuki, Stroman, Bote, Roberts. “…there is a lot to update…”
  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): Cubs president Jed Hoyer is feeling the heat of the team’s “multi-system failure.” “Right now the focus is on today, tomorrow, then the end,” Hoyer said. Paul Sullivan has more.
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider*): There’s only one question Hoyer should ask. “… How much money will I have to spend and when can I start spending it?”
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (NBC Sports Chicago*): The Cubs are turning the rebuilding narrative into performance art. “This is where the comedy part begins.”
  • Patrick Mooney (The Athletic {$}): The Cubs want to see more players like Caleb Kilian, Nick Madrigal in the middle of the free fall. “This team is obviously not one-player.” Andy Martinez has more.
  • Gordon Wittenmyer (NBC Sports Chicago*): Cubs, Marcus Stroman will no longer be rushing back from IL. “I feel good. I’m definitely taking a few steps in the right direction,” Stroman said on Friday.
  • Brett Taylor (Bleacher Nation*): It doesn’t appear there have been any extension talks between the Cubs and Willson Contreras. “Even though they’ve spoken, he hasn’t said anything to me yet,” Contreras told The Score of the dialogue between his agent and the Cubs.
  • Colleen Johnson (Marquee Sports Network*): Why Cubs coach Willie Harris was sold to Christopher Morel a year ago. “He brings energy, he brings excitement, he can play all over the pitch.”
  • Tim Stebbins (NBC Sports Chicago*): DFA’d Cubs OF Frazier erase waivers – what next? “He now has a few days to accept the outright mission and join Iowa, or elect free agency.”
  • Meghan Montemurro (Chicago Tribune* {$}): The StubHub site upgrade is causing problems for Chicago Cubs and MLB fans looking to sell and buy tickets. “We have unfortunately seen some bugs resurface since their initial resolution earlier this week,” a StubHub spokesperson told the Tribune.

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