It wasn’t Kolten Wong’s fault that the Cubs won their 98th game on Friday afternoon. Okay, maybe a little bit — but if anyone asks, the outfield grass had more to do with Anthony Rizzo’s two-run double than anything else.
In the first inning, with the Cardinals already down 1-0 after starter Mike Leake let a run slip through on a wild pitch, Rizzo roped a line drive to left field. Wong ran in from the warning track and tried to plant his feet to catch the ball on a bounce. What happened instead was far more disastrous:
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After tagging Leake with another pair of runs to end the first inning, the Cubs coasted on the back of another gem from Jake Arrieta, who struck out 10 over seven scoreless frames. The Cubs are now two games shy of 100 wins in 2016, and reaching that triple-digit milestone would make this their sixth such season in franchise history. It would also be their first 100-win season since 1935.