The Chicago Cubs clinched the National League Central Division title Friday night with a 6-0 victory over Cincinnati and Milwaukee's 6-3 loss to San Diego to cap a stunning comeback that no one saw coming only a few months ago. "These kids deserve it," manager Lou Piniella said. "They really let loose. I mean, let loose. It's good to see. They let loose a lot of emotion. "It has been a rough summer for us. It hasn't been easy, believe me. But these kids endured, and they got the job done, and now they're letting loose and having fun. A few of them mentioned to me, 'Let's have a couple more of these before we're through.' " Carlos Zambrano pitched seven shutout innings for his 18th victory, and Alfonso Soriano and Derrek Lee homered to lead the Cubs to their first postseason appearance since 2003.
Cubs Clinch NL Central Title