All right: the Cubs confirmed that they can, indeed, win close games, too, and not just blowouts.

The Cubs managed to jump on Zack Greinke early in the game before he settled into a groove, and it was good that they did, because there wasn’t much doing in the middle innings. Overall, the offense continued to put guys on base, but didn’t bring many of them home – 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position, and 11 men left on base. That stuff tends to even out in time, though. The good part is that they keep getting guys on base.

Kyle Hendricks had a typically solid night, working down in the zone and getting good movement on his pitches. He wasn’t really squared up much all night, and went 6.2 innings, allowing a couple runs. If that’s who Hendricks is this year, I’m thrilled.



Hector Rondon was dominant to close things out in the 9th, and Adam Warren bridged the gap with four clean outs. Ben Zobrist also had a great night, which means …

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