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Cubs ascend in August, finishing with 19-9 record

Cubs ascend in August, finishing with 19-9 record

A 13-6 loss Monday night to the Cincinnati Reds did little to tarnish one of the most successful months in recent Chicago Cubs history. The Cubs fell one win short of winning 20 games in August, which would have given them their first 20-win month since August of 2008. Nevertheless, they finished with a 19-9 record that strengthened their chances of earning a National League wild card berth. The Cubs improved their clutch hitting, raising their batting average with runners in scoring position from .228 at the end of July to .236. They also improved in that department with two outs from .196 to .211 with a .269 mark in August. From a pitching standpoint, Jake Arrieta carried...

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