Cubs Re-cap: Cubs finish home-stand with a 4-8 record in September as playoff hopes fade into obscurity

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By Joseph Phillips

Sports writer

Chicago Crusader

In their final home-stand of the 2019 regular season, the Chicago Cubs hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates (September 13-15), Cincinnati Reds (September 16-18) and the St. Louis Cardinals (September 19-22) at Wrigley Field.

After a three game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates where they exploded for 14 home runs on 47 runs during the weekend of Sept. 13-15, Chicago Cubs Kris Bryant was named National League Player of The Week for posting a 500 batting average, five home-runs and 13 RBIs.

The award marked the first time Bryant has won the NL Player of The Week, as his club had a 2 game lead at the time over NL Central rivals Milwaukee Brewers for second place of the NL Wildcard race.

But in spite of a successful home-stand by the Cubs from September 13-15, September 16th through September 22nd would be an immense struggle. As the team would suffer their worst home-stand of the year falling to the Cincinnati Reds in a series 2-1 and swept by their NL Central Divison foes St. Louis Cardinals 4-0. Finishing the home-stand at 4-8 and a six game losing streak.

The team most recently extended their losing streak to seven after a 9-2 loss to division rivals Pittsburgh Pirates on the road in the final week of the 2019 regular season. With a loss tonight to the Pirates or a Milwaukee Brewers win, the Cubs will be officially eliminated from playoff contention. Marking the first time the team has missed the playoffs since 2014.

Honorable mention:

During the weekend, the Cubs honored longtime broadcasting partner WGN-TV Saturday, September 21, during the team’s final home game broadcast on WGN-TV. Before the game, in commemoration of the 72-season partnership, the Cubs presented WGN-TV with a Wrigley Field scoreboard tile with the number nine on one side and the lyrics to “Go Cubs Go” etched on the other. Additionally, a group of the longest-tenured members of the WGN-TV broadcast crew gathered on the field for the first pitch and WGN-TV station members lead the crowd in singing the seventh-inning stretch.

(Source attributed to Chicago Cubs HQ.com, Chicago Crusader Newspaper, and MLB.com)

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