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CI Recap (6/5/18) – Cubs 1, Phillies 6: Hendricks and the Offense Struggle as Phillies Win Opener

The Cubs returned home to Wrigley Field Tuesday night hoping to build on four-game winning streak after sweeping the Mets in NYC. Unfortunately, a Phillies team that scored just one run during a weekend set in San Francisco wasn’t having any of that. The Phillies jumped on Kyle Hendricks early and rode starter Zach Eflin’s best start of the season to victory. (Box Score)

Why the Cubs Lost

Kyle Hendricks struggled Tuesday night, gutting out five innings while surrendering five earned runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. He continues to get beat with homers, as his 12 home runs allowed in 2018 are getting dangerously close to his totals from the last two years (17 and 15 in 2017 and 2016). Even if Hendricks was on his game, though, the offense didn’t do much against Philly pitching. The Cubs scattered eight hits throughout the game, but yet again can’t get anything done with RISP (0-6).

Key Moment

After Aaron Altherr walked with one out, Nick Williams launched a two-run home run that put the Phillies up for good. There were strong winds blowing in on Tuesday night at Wrigley, so you know Williams earned every bit of this …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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