Kyle Hendricks squared off against Cleveland in the series finale as he went for his eighth straight win and quality start. In his previous seven outings, Hendricks went 7-0 with a 2.45 ERA.
He was brilliant once again tonight, pitching six scoreless innings and allowing four hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Kris Bryant opened the scoring in the 4th with a solo shot to center, his 14th of the year. The Cubs increased their lead to 5-0 in the 6th thanks to RBI knocks from Joc Peterson, Javier Báez, and Willson Contreras.
Why the Cubs Won
Yet another master class from The Professor and a breakout 6th inning for the offense resulted in tonight’s victory.
In the 8th with the Cubs leading 5-0, Tepera allowed the first three batters to reach, loading the bases. He yielded an RBI groundout to the next hitter followed by a punchout and a fly out, limiting the damage to just one run.
Stats That Matter
- In his last eight starts, Hendricks is 8-0 with a 2.16 ERA. In that span, he’s struck out 38 batters and walked only seven.
- That was the first run against Tepera in over 20 innings of work.
- Contreras went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a homer.
After struggling at the plate in their last eight games, the Cubs finally broke through tonight. Hopefully, they can ride this momentum into what’s sure to be a tough series against the red-hot Dodgers.
The Cubs are off Wednesday and then travel to Los Angeles to start a four-game set on Thursday. Zach Davies (4-4, 4.66 ERA) takes the bump in the series opener and the Dodgers have yet to announce their starter. First pitch is scheduled for 9:10pm CT on Marquee, MLB Network, and 670 The Score.