The Cubs' Addison Russell might just have made a friend out of a Cardinals fan. Not bad considering the Cubs and the Cardinals are two of baseball's bitterest rivals.
Russell emerged from the dugout a few innings later with a plate of nachos and delivered it to the fan.
Not everyone was happy about the amount of attention Nacho Man got, however, including Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, who only half-jokingly attributed America's fascination with its cheesy new hero to the state of our society. Lester is 4-4 with a 2.36 ERA in 13 career starts against the Cardinals, including a 1-1 mark and 3.28 ERA in four meetings this season.
Chicago can wrap up the division with a win today against the Cardinals, or a loss by Milwaukee against Cincinnati.
The loss eliminated St. Louis from NL Central contention and dimmed the Cardinals' wild-card hopes. They now trail the Colorado Rockies by two and a half games for the second National League wild card spot, and although the odds are stacked against them, they do face off against the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend, as the Brewers sit a game ahead of them in the wild card race. The Brewers were idle yesterday, and Miami played at Colorado. Javier Baez also added a three-run homer, his 23rd of the year. Jason Heyward followed Russell with a run-scoring double.
Bryant hit his 29th home run of the season in the second with two outs for a 5-0 Cubs lead.
"I'm laughing more at the fact that the guy is taking pictures and signing autographs", Lester said after the game (via the Chicago Tribune), sounding a little salty, like a chip. Jed Gyorko and Luke Voit homered for St. Louis. It probably helped that his team went on to win the game at the Busch Stadium in St Louis.
The Cubs are on a roll right now and Arrieta is back to looking like Arrieta, as he's allowed three or less runs in each of his last 10 starts. The fan was also later seen taking selfies with other fans. He's 14-and-9 with a 3.43 ERA.