The players were pumped up and making a commotion in the clubhouse beforehand, and Baez seemed particularly feisty during his pre-game news conference, saying if the Cubs played their game "there's no team that can beat us". "Even when we're struggling we're ahead of everybody".
So perhaps it was no surprise that Cain delivered the go-ahead hit in the eighth inning of the Milwaukee Brewers' 3-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday.
"I don't know if there is anybody better in the big leagues in a situation like this", said Cubs infielder Daniel Murphy, who faced Lester in the 2015 playoffs with the Mets and the 2017 postseason with the Nationals. Maybe they had blown a five-game lead in the division, but they were still alive, which only nine other teams could say on October 2.
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An FBI dive team plans to search the lake, using different equipment than what had been used in previous searches for Maddox . Kaplan said investigators were still looking into Maddox's previous whereabouts, his movements, and how he ended up there.
The Cubs will have to do some serious soul-searching to find out why the offense disappeared at the most critical time of the year, including having the bases loaded in the seventh only to see pinch-hitter Jason Hayward strike out against a wild Adam Ottavino after a catcher's interference set the Cubs up. - Baez said it was "everybody".
Many Royals fans cheered for Cain as did Hosmer, who tweeted: "Lo Cain!" "I don't pay attention to it, but it's around us, and if we pay attention, we get in their trap". We'll here's someone to settle you down: Jon Lester.