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W 3-0
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L 6-13
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W 5-1
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Cubs need to get offense going vs. Pirates

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have always found reason to remain optimistic despite the times this season when they have struggled to score runs. The reason? Boasting the National League's best record and holding down the top spot in the Central Division have kept them from losing hope.

But as the Cubs wind down the regular season this week starting with Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the reality of a tight-knit race in the Central and the inability to push runs across at critical times no longer can be ignored.

The Cubs were unable to do their part in reducing their magic number following a 5-1 loss to the Pirates on Monday in which Chicago left the bases loaded once and stranded a runner in scoring position with the Cubs trailing by a pair of runs. Chicago's lone run on Monday came on a solo home run by pitcher Cole Hamels.

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Leaders
AVG: C. Dickerson.296
HR: G. Polanco23
RBI: G. Polanco81
SB: S. Marte33
W: J. Taillon14
ERA: T. Williams3.04
Saves: F. Vázquez36
K: J. Taillon172
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Chi Cubs 9165.583-
Milwaukee 9067.5731.5
St. Louis 8770.5544.5
Pittsburgh 7976.51011.5
Cincinnati 6691.42025.5
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .254 (10)
Runs: 666 (20)
Hits: 1328 (14)
Home Runs: 150 (25)
Stolen Bases: 69 (20)
OBP: .317 (16)
SLG: .406 (18)
Total Bases: 2126 (21)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.03 (15)
Runs Allowed: 671 (15)
Saves: 39 (18)
Strikeouts: 1275 (19)
OpBA: .250 (19)
OBP: .318 (17)
SLG: .407 (15)
Run Support: 4.34 (19)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/18 G. Polanco Placed on 10-Day DL (Left shoulder/labrum surgery)
9/9 B. Boshers Outrighted to Minors
9/4 T. Anderson Called Up from Minors
9/4 B. Boshers Designated for Assignment
9/4 M. Feliz Called Up from Minors
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/23 S. Marte Left calf tightness (day-to-day)
9/15 G. Polanco Left shoulder/labrum surgery (on 10-day DL)
9/7 G. Polanco Knee (day-to-day)
9/1 I. Nova Personal (day-to-day)
8/21 J. Harrison Hamstring (day-to-day)
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