OSS: Kyle Hendricks cruises, and Cubs bomb their way to a series win against their biggest preseason competition.
Kyle Hendricks had another fantastic start, going eight innings while striking out six and allowing two runs on three hits. It's great seeing him working deeper into games, a few months ago he would have been done after the sixth inning, which had a wild pitch and a run scored on a sac fly as the Dodgers hitters came up for the third time. But that baserunner got on due to an infield single, and moved over due to the WP, a FC, and scored on the sac fly which is about the cheapest run you can get. Hendricks set down the next seven batters in order following that run, three of them as strikeouts.
- Four Cubs homered today, the most impressive being Kris Bryant's moonshot off the left field video board. Welcome to the bigs, rook.
- The other three home runs were encouraging for a variety of reasons – Rizzo had been in a long slump, Heyward's slump and lack of power has lasted most of the season, and even Javy Baez's power had been remarkably un-Baez-like since he started working on cutting down his strikeouts.
- Addison Russell was pretty much the only Cubs to have a bad day at the plate, striking out with two men on in the second and lining out to first in the fourth.
- As far as I can tell, the Cubs didn't fuck with the Dodgers over their laser rangefinding positioning system this week.
- Someone reminded me that Neifi Perez was a Cub in the game thread.
Next up: The Cubs have a three game set with the DBacks, and will miss Zack Grienke in the pitching matchups. Though given his ERA, I'm guessing the Cubs will be really missing having him on the mound. Archie Bradley faces John Lackey at 1:20 PM CT.