After leaping into the stands after a foul ball, Russell's foot caught the Cardinals' fans nachos, sending them to the turf.
With the Cubs owning a comfortable lead, Russell engaged in a random act of kindness, returning fresh nachos to the fan, who also asked for a selfie while he had the star's attention. First, they eliminated their rivals the St. Louis Cardinals with a 10-2 win.
A couple of innings later, Russell takes the fan a new tray of nachos.
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. Chicago is 11-2 in its last 13 games and 19-8 in its last 27. The Brewers were idle yesterday, and Miami played at Colorado.
Weaver gave up eight runs over three innings.
Veteran lefty Jon Lester was just what Chicago needed him to be in spite of his entering the game with a 4.56 ERA. Jason Heyward followed Russell with a run-scoring double.
But that doesn't begin to tell the story on a night that was headed so quickly and thoroughly the Cubs' way that when Kris Bryant hit a second-inning homer, stadium fireworks began to go off. Busch Stadium. Lester provided six innings of excellent pitching and gave up just one run while scattering five hits, including two walks and four strikeouts.
Baez hit his first home run since September 13 with two outs, driving in Zobrist and Heyward in the third, giving Chicago an 8-1 advantage. Jed Gyorko and Luke Voit homered for St. Louis.
Cubs: Baez was back in the starting lineup.
BRAVES 9-2, METS 2-3 Seth Lugo pitched two-hit ball over six innings, and Travis d'Arnaud hit a record-setting home run for host NY in a doubleheader split with Atlanta.