The Cubs were unable to clinch the NL Central in front of their fans last night, but they were still able to celebrate.
The Cubs wrapped up their first division crown in eight years when the St. Louis Cardinals lost 6-2 at San Francisco. Johnny Cueto went the distance on a five-hitter to help the Giants improve their own playoff chances. Cueto also lifted a sacrifice fly that broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning.
Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer and Denard Span added a two-run single as the Giants pulled within four games of the NL West-leading Dodgers. San Francisco also moved one game ahead of the New York Mets for the first NL wild-card berth.
The Cubs were able to pop champagne despite their 5-4 loss to Milwaukee. Scooter Gennett delivered a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh to delay the Cubbies’ celebration by about two hours.
Orlando Arcia also doubled home a pair and Keon Broxton homered for Milwaukee. Jorge Soler’s two-run shot gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead in the second inning.