2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 72

Running out of gas and no relief to be found

That was a weird one. The feel good vibes from the last two games of the Dodgers series carried right on into Cincinnati. The Cubs got a couple of early runs for Kyle Hendricks, Kyle was having some success, even against Joey Votto who had been an absolute menace to him historically. Everything seemed great through three innings. Matt Harvey started to settle down a bit in the fourth and then when the Cubs got first and second with one out in the fifth and didn’t score, I was a little disappointed. But still, the Cubs lead 2-0 into the sixth.

Without trying to open a can of worms, the sixth inning is why Joe used to always pull Hendricks early. Billy Hamilton lead off the sixth with a walk, and I turned to my daughters and said it is important that Hendricks maintain concentration. Hamilton will do his thing, but at worst you need it to be 2-1. Hamilton did do his thing. And Hendricks did retire the first two hitters after. A walk, a single and a walk followed that and the …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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