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- Kyle Hendricks had by far his best game of the season so far, striking out eleven batters in seven shutout innings. His changeup was working today and he was getting plenty of swings and misses. Over the last three games, Cubs starters have combined for 26 strikeouts and just two walks over 21 shutout innings.
- The wind was the real MVP today, inducing some Keystone Kops level defense from the Dbacks as they dealt with a high Kris Bryant blooper that drove in the first two Cubs runs. Rizzo hit a triple that wasn’t so directly wind-aided, but you have to think the OFs were slow off the mark due to the unpredictablity.
- The Cubs drew a crapton of walks in this one, if by a crapton you mean nine. They racked up the pitches in the early going and chased the Dbacks starter early, knocking him out in the fourth inning.
- Bonus – The Brewers lost, and as an extra bonus Hader threw a ton of pitches before giving up the lead.
- A rough day for Javy at the plate, as he went 0-5 with three strikeouts, including a strikeout with the bases clogged to end the second inning.
- Brad Brach came in to pitch the ninth and promptly gave up three hits, finally breaking the Cubs pitching staff’s scoreless innings streak.
- Daniel Descalso had the most negative WPA play of the day, striking out with the bases clogged in the second inning just before of Bryant’s go-ahead ‘double’.
Next up: Yu Darvish takes on Zack Greinke in a 1:20 PM CT start.