OSS: Cyle outduels Shark on the way to a sweep.
- Kyle Hendricks was dominant in this one, striking out seven with no walks and three hits in seven shutout innings. Cyle’s changeup has always baffled hitters, but today it was his 86 mph cheese that was freezing guys. The dude can pitch.
- The rest of the bullpen was solid as well, closing out the game with relatively little drama aside from a near-HR by Brandon Crawford, who nearly redeemed himself for a rare rough game in the field. The pitching staff as a whole combined for ten strikeouts and even more importantly, zero walks.
- Scoring opportunities were few an far between for both teams, but Anthony Rizzo managed to make the most of the one he had by knocking in Heyward from third for the only run of the game.
- This was more about Samardzija looking great than the Cubs offense looking bad, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you’re not going to win very often with just two hits on the day, one of which was a ball lost in the sun that probably should have been an error on the Giants CF.
- KB had the only other Cubs PA with a runner in scoring position, following the Giants two defensive miscues, and promptly GIDP. The dude just isn’t clutch, and I certainly can’t think of any moment in his entire Cubs career, let alone the last 48 hours, where he didn’t get a key hit in a big moment, smh.
- The Cardinals also won, so the Cubs lead remains at half a game.
Next up: The Cubs host a very good Nationals team for a weekend series, though at least they are missing the newly returned Max Scherzer. Jon Lester takes on the suddenly good again Anibal Sanchez at 1:20 PM CT in the opener.