Cubs clinch postseason berth, eye NL Central
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CHICAGO — For the first time in franchise history, the Chicago Cubs are going to the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season. They clinched at least a spot in the National League wild-card game behind a 7-6 win in 10 innings over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
They’re happy to be back in the postseason but have their sights set on a third consecutive division title. The Cubs lead the Milwaukee Brewers by a half-game with four days left in the season.
“We’re not taking this for granted,” Albert Almora Jr said after the walk-off win. “We’re super pumped we’re in the playoffs, but our job’s not done. We want to take this division and move forward with the best record in the NL.”
Almora knocked in the winning run, helping the Cubs salvage another ugly win. They led 6-1 at one point, but their bullpen couldn’t hold the lead, while a Steve Bartman-esque moment took place during a critical sequence in the top of the ninth.