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Giants 2, Cubs 1: Pitching, but no defense

A great outing from Kyle Hendricks, wasted.

SAN FRANCISCOKyle Hendricks deserved better.

We’ve all been wondering where Good Kyle went, and he arrived in San Francisco Monday evening after about a month’s absence.

Hendricks became the first Cubs starter to pitch in the ninth inning in 2018. He was magnificent, at one point retiring 10 consecutive Giants and being removed with one out in the ninth only because he had issued his first walk of the evening.

Unfortunately, the Cubs offense also was absent Monday night and the bullpen just couldn’t get the job done, and the Giants won the first of this three-game series, 2-1.

The Cubs scored first — and the Cubs still haven’t won a game where they scored first since June 20 — in the third inning. Ian Happ led off with a double, went to third on a single by Albert Almora Jr. and scored on a fielder’s choice ground ball [VIDEO] hit by Addison Russell.

Now normally I would not link to video of a ground-out RBI, but that’s about all that qualified as “Cubs offense” in this one.

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Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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