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Javy Baez blasts Cubs to victory in nail-biting postseason opener

Javy Baez blasts Cubs to victory in nail-biting postseason opener

When the Cubs had issues solving Giants starter Johnny Cueto, they just resorted to their regular-season strategy:

Work at-bats and drive up the pitch count.

That formula worked again Friday night, as the Cubs wound up with a nail-biting 1-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants in front of 42,148 fans at Wrigley Field in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Cueto was on his game, holding the Cubs to just two baserunners through seven innings and got an assist from second baseman Kelby Tomlinson on a couple nice defensive plays.

But in the bottom of the eighth, Javy Baez drove Cueto's 108th pitch into the basket in left field, sending the Wrigley crowd into a frenzy.

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Jon Lester was superb on the mound, every bit the ace the Cubs envisioned when they signed him before the 2015 season.

The veteran lefty threw eight shutout innings, allowing only five hits and didn't walk a batter, striking out five while throwing 60 of his 86 pitches for strikes.

Aroldis Chapman closed out the game with a scoreless ninth to hand the Cubs a crucial victory in a shortened five-game series.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.