To add insult to injury, the Padres scored the victory by recording three-straight walks off Steve Cishek in the 10th inning, the final one coming on four pitches.
This is contingent on Bryant being healthy, of course, which he certainly looked Tuesday, his first game since receiving a cortisone shot in his balky right knee on Sunday.
The Cubs still have seven games against the Cardinals in their back pocket, meaning that if they can keep their divisional deficit in a similar position as it is currently, they'll have a chance (to usurp St. Louis.
On this edition of the Baseball Night in Chicago podcast Hall of Famer Frank Thomas and David DeJesus join Luke Stuckmeyer.
The Cubs announced Monday that Javier Báez will miss the rest of the regular season with a hairline fracture in his left thumb.
The Brewers could move to 1.5 games back of the Cubs for the second NL wild card spot, should the latter lose to the Padres on Tuesday.
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