MILWAUKEE – “Yeah, that really killed us, that sweep at Wrigley,” John Lackey said sarcastically late Friday night, dismissing a question about what’s happened to the Cubs since the Milwaukee Brewers made their statement against the defending World Series champs two weekends ago. “Come on, dude, it’s 162 games. Things happen.” The Cubs are 9-1 since then, but Lackey was in no mood to talk about this finishing kick in the National League Central race, probably because manager Joe Maddon gave him the quick hook in a Big Boy Game, pulling him with a runner on and no outs in the fifth inning. But that’s what’s happening here, the Cubs sprinting away from the Brewers and peaking at the right time.
PITTSBURGH -- The St. Louis Cardinals have a short, steep climb if they are going to push their way into the playoffs. Next up is a club, the Pittsburgh Pirates, that could be spoilers after they got a confidence shot in their last game. St. Louis opens a three-game set Friday at PNC Park, its final road series. The Cardinals finished a series sweep atCincinnati with an 8-5 victory Thursday to reach 80 wins (80-72) and keep themselves five games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central. In a more realistic situation, St. Louis is 1 1/2 games behind Colorado for the final wild-card spot. Milwaukee is one back of the Rockies. Pittsburgh (69-84) was off Thursday but might
It can be easy to miss. The brick cottage tucked outside Wrigley Field's left field corner is unremarkably plain, a building overshadowed by the Cubs' sparkling new office building, the bustling fan plaza and the old ballpark itself. Most fans pay little attention to the house at 1053 W. Waveland Ave. They amble past without a glance, their focus on a pregame brew or the security lines at nearby Gate K. Not Dan Dorr. He points to the building to make sure his companions notice, to make sure the place is not forgotten. "If they don't know the story," Dorr said, "they'll get to hear it." As a kid, he tells them, he bounded up the front steps of the house and sat inside, listening to his father