Seiya Suzuki of the Cubs hit a timely leadoff against the Pirates in Chicago on the 20th and scored a hit and an RBI in two consecutive games. Despite the loss, the team remains in the playoffs for the wild-card race.
Suzuki started the game in the sixth and right, and in his first at-bat of the second inning, he hit a changeup ball from second base with one out to left field.
However, the team scored seven runs in the fourth inning and Ura's second at-bat was a shortstop.
In the third at-bat of the fifth inning, he had a chance to get to second base with two outs after catching up the lead with two runs on a bases-loaded home run, but he fell to shortstop.
In his fourth at-bat, he went 6-for-2 with one hit and one RBI in the game.
He had hits and RBIs in two consecutive games, and his batting average rose to 1.1.
The Cubs lost 4-7, but remain in the playoffs in the wild-card race.
Nutebar 2 hits for the second consecutive game
Cardinals' Lars Nootvar started the game against the Brewers in St. Louis at No. 1 and hit two hits in two consecutive games.
In his first at-bat of the first inning, Nootvar reached base on a two-base hit to the right line and homered on a timely groundout by the next batter.
In the second at-bat, the first batter hit a hit to left field to get on base, but it didn't last.
The third at-bat was a second goro.
In his fourth at-bat, he went 2-for-2 with a left-field fly and scored multiple hits for the second consecutive game, and his batting average is 1-for-1 with 2 doubles.
The Brewers, who lead the National League East, won the game, 3-4, widening the gap between Suzuki and the second-place Cubs to seven.