Entering the first game of this three game series against the San Francisco Giants, the Cubs were 51-36, having won nine of their last eleven games. Kyle Hendricks took the mound for the Cubs and pitched a gem in this one, allowing just one unearned run in 8.1 innings.
Hendricks looked better than he has all season and much like the version of himself we’ve all been clamoring for. Kyle set season-highs in innings pitched, pitches thrown, and strikeouts on Monday and threw 68.8% (rounded up to 69%, nice) of his pitches for strikes. The only run to score with Kyle on the mound came on a botched pickoff play in which Anthony Rizzo couldn’t handle the throw from Hendricks, and then Giants’ Alen Hanson just kept on running as the ball rolled towards the stands. Javy ranged over to get it, somewhat nonchalantly, and couldn’t get the throw home in time. It was a bad play all around.
Unfortunately for Hendricks, the offense couldn’t muster much in the way of support. The Cubs lone run was scored on an Addison Russell fielder’s choice that would have been a double play with a better throw. The offense got just three hits off …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider