Teammates swarmed Kris Bryant in Miller Park’s visiting dugout late Thursday night, flinging sunflower seeds and forming a mosh pit around the National League’s reigning MVP. The Cubs haven’t always played with this urgency or made it easy while nursing a World Series hangover. It’s too early to pop champagne bottles, but the Cubs won a huge swing game in the NL Central race, beating the Milwaukee Brewers in the 10th inning when Bryant blasted Oliver Drake’s 92-mph fastball off a beam underneath the gigantic video board. The Cubs watched it ricochet back onto the right-center field grass for a go-ahead two-run homer, bumping up the division lead to 4.5 games while cutting the magic number to clinch the division down to six.
Jacob McBride, 5 feet 6, 170 pounds, is an outside linebacker for Los Angeles Loyola. Walking around campus, you’d never guess he plays football. “I try to wear tight fitting shirts to look bigger,” he said with a chuckle. McBride is one of the unsung players who has helped Loyola win four of its first five games and put itself in position to possibly return to the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. On Friday night, when host Sherman Oaks Notre Dame had hoped to celebrate a 300th career coaching victory for Coach Kevin Rooney, it was the Cubs playing the role of spoilers. They came away with a 28-21 victory in a Mission League opener. “I told Kevin, ‘I want you to get your 300th, but not against
The Cubs' 5-3 rally against the Brewers Thursday night did more than improve their magic number to 6, it also got under the skin of one of the Brewers' most famous fans: Milwaukee native Kato Kaelin. With Jon Jay on base in the 10th inning, Kris Bryant hit the go-ahead two-run home run off Brewers reliever Oliver Drake, sending the reality TV star and former O.J. Simpson houseguest into a near-unintelligble Twitter rant about Craig Counsell's game management and the blow to the Brewers' playoff hopes. "I FN TOLD U! U SUCK 4EVER @Brewers 4EVER!! DRAKE WAS GREAT CALL COUNSELL! U can't manage a check book! Goodbye SEASON OVER! Really over!" Kaelin spewed. He stewed some more about the Brewers' blown