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Updated: 2017-12-10T17:00:02-06:00


2017 Cubs victories revisited, May 24: Cubs 5, Giants 4


It was a big day for Anthony Rizzo. This win, which gave the Cubs a 24-21 mark (though not before Wade Davis almost blew a three-run ninth-inning lead), put them three games over .500 for the first time in 19 days. They moved to within half a game of the first-place Brewers in the N.L. Central. Anthony Rizzo is a noted streak hitter, always has been and likely always will be. He’s now hitting 10-for-27 (.370/.500/.926) over his last eight games with five home runs (and only two strikeouts!). Streak, begun! Hopefully this will continue when the Cubs finally get out of this miserable Chicago cold weather and to warm southern California for the next week. Two of those home runs came against the Giants Wednesday night, helping lead the Cubs to a 5-4 victory. The Cubs needed both of Rizzo’s blasts (it was his 14th career multi-homer game) as well as what looked like insurance runs in the seventh and eight, because a couple of Wade Davis streaks ended in this one. Before we get to Davis’ rough ninth inning, let’s have a look at Rizzo’s homers. The first one came in the second inning with the Cubs down 1-0 [VIDEO]. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. After Denard Span homered to give the Giants the lead again in the top of the third, Rizzo got that run back in the fourth with his second blast [VIDEO]. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. The second one was crushed! It's Rizzo's 14th career multi HR game, 1st this year. No. 1 exit velo 103 mph, traveled 382 ft; No. 2, exit velo 108 mph, 434 ft #Cubs— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) May 25, 2017 That’s a pretty good summary of what has apparently happened here. Though it would have been great to see Stanton in a Cubs uniform, the Cubs likely don’t have the payroll room in order to: a) get more starting pitching help and then b) stay under the luxury tax. The Dodgers might not, either, and the Astros probably couldn’t afford his contract. The Cubs, who saw Starlin Castro return to Wrigley Field last May to a warm standing ovation, will now see him in two series every year with the Marlins, including the season-opening series at Miami. The week of Winter Meetings that begins Monday ought to have quite a bit of action now that the Ohtani and Stanton logjams have been broken. [...]