That proved critical for Nelson who before the 8th had allowed had a goose egg up in the Cubbies run section of the scoreboard. Then came the 8th frame with Smith still on the hill and both Addison Russell and Dexter Fowler start the frame off with back to back singles. "Brew Crew" Reliever Jeremy Jeffress replaces Nelson with no outs and ducks on the pond.
Cubbies Kykle Schwarber promptly strikes out and that was one down with two to go. Chris Denorfia then flies out as he pinch-hit for Chris Coghlan and that was two outs. And just before Jeffress could get both Smith and the Brew Crew out of the 8th inning jam Anthony Rizzo takes one to right center looking like a 9-Iron golf shot and just like that 3-2 Cubbies!
Chicago would add two more for insurance purposes in the 9th as North Siders Captain Save-A-Game Hector Rondon grabs his 14th save and Cubs win...Cubs win..as "Maddon Ball" stays the course with the MLB Trade Deadline looming and Starlin Castro still holding down shortstop...just sayin'!
"Maddon Ball" moves to 54-47 while the "Brew Crew" falls to 44-59...