While chasing down a foul ball in the bottom of the second, Cubs shortstop Addison Russell flew into the crowd. Chicago stopped his streak of winning seven consecutive starts, the longest by any Cardinals rookie since Ted Wilks in 1944. Russell later made good and brought the fan more nachos.
And of course Jon Lester was weird about it, because Jon Lester is weird. His record thus improved to 12-8 on the season and he will surely be Chicago's Game 1 starter in any playoff series. He's still a pitcher who performs bright on the big stage, and St. Louis must win this game in order to stay in the wild card race.
Javier Baez hit a three-run home run in the third inning, but left the game shortly after fouling a pitch off his left leg in the eighth inning.
The 24-year-old is 7-0 with a 1.61 ERA since his only loss of the season and has 58 strikeouts to go along with eight walks in 44 2/3 innings over that span. Weaver faced the Cubs in his big-league debut last season and gave up two runs over four innings in a no-decision. He's in concussion protocol after taking not one, but two foul balls right off his mask in the seventh inning last night off the bat of the Cubs' Kris Bryant.More news: Trudeau won't weigh in on Kurdish independence, citing Quebec lesson
Addison Russell and the Chicago Cubs were all smiles after moving within a victory of another division title Monday night.
Lester (12-8) gave up a run and five hits, walking two and fanning four.More news: Nintendo To Update 'Super Mario Run' On September 29
Never mind the fact the batter who hit the nacho-killing foul ball, Jedd Gyorko, followed with a home run off Jon Lester with one out in the second.
Baez hit his first homer since September 13 with two outs, driving in Zobrist and Heyward in the third, giving Chicago an 8-1 advantage. It probably helped that his team went on to win the game at the Busch Stadium in St Louis.More news: New England Patriots vs Houston Texans Staff predictions
Be sure to check back later today for more Cubs news and analysis! He is wearing a protective brace on his hand. He's 14-and-9 with a 3.43 ERA.