You could definitely notice the electric crowd and you could see the way the players seemed to gel with each other and their skipper, Joe Maddon. It was completely different than what I've seen the past several years.
Jon Lester pitched up to his ace status as he allowed one run and nine hits, struck out seven and walked one in seven innings for his fifth consecutive quality start. Kris Bryant continued to impress with his hitting (although no homers today) and smart baserunning. Bryant also extended his career-best hitting streak to six games. Addison Russell made an outstanding catch to rob Neil Walker of a hit. Travis Wood stepped up to pitch in relief and earned the first save of his career.
Here are some photos I took at the game:
|Cubs players during the National Anthem before Saturday's game against the Pirates (photo by Karen Burchell)|
|3B Kris Bryant on deck (photo by Karen Burchell)|
|Kris Bryant on the Jumbotron (photo by Karen Burchell)|
|1B Anthony Rizzo (photo by Karen Burchell)|
|2B Addison Russell (photo by Karen Burchell)|
|Left field digital display and Jumbotron after the Cubs' 6th win in a row (photo by Karen Burchell)|
|Right field display after the Cubs win on Saturday (photo by Karen Burchell)|
|The "W" flag on the Jumbotron (photo by Karen Burchell)|
The Cubs are now 21-15 and are in 2nd place in the NL Central, 3 games behind the Cardinals. Another fun fact: The Cubs are also six games above .500 for the first time since Oct. 3, 2009.
I love the way this team is playing and I'll admit I'm really fired up for this season. Go Cubs Go! #wearegood