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  • Cubs fans gather at Wrigley Field to celebrate wild-card victory

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago

    The Chicago Cubs picked up their first postseason victory in 12 years on Wednesday, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in the NL wild-card game. Now they'll turn their attention to the St. Louis Cardinals, as the over one-century old rivals meet in the playoffs for the first time ever. 

    That historic series begins on Friday. In the meantime, the party is on in Chicago. Within moments of the final out in Pittsburgh, Cubs fans spilled into the streets of Wrigleyville to celebrate what truly feels like a breakthrough moment in the franchise's history. 

    The celebration! #FlytheW #CubsNation #CubsvsPirates #WrigleyField

    And they just kept coming.

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  • NL wild card: Jake Arrieta shuts out Pirates as Cubs advance to the NLDS

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago

    The Chicago Cubs aren't done yet. With their 4-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Wednesday's NL wild-card game, they have advanced to NLDS and will now ace their NL Central rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs rode the right arm of Jake Arrieta, who completely over matched the Pirates offense. Once Kyle Schwarber launched a two-run homer into the Allegheny River, Pittsburgh was too far buried to possibly recover. 

    • Jake Arrieta said the Pirates' fans plans to rattle him wouldn't work. He was right. Nothing could faze him, not even getting hit by a pitch and being right in the middle of a bench-clearing incident during the seventh inning. The Cubs ace silenced a rabid PNC Park crowd time and time again on his way to a four-hit shutout. Arrieta struck 11 and needed just 113 pitches as his historic second-half run continued in the postseason. 

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