And Round One goes to the Cubs.
That’s four straight wins over very good teams for these Cubs, and, while it won’t last forever, it sure is fun while it’s happening.
Kyle Hendricks was very solid today, giving up just two hits over his six innings of work (and really only one well-struck ball that I recall). He walked two, hit a batter, and struck out four.
Hector Rondon was finally in line for a save opportunity after Clayton Richard, Justin Grimm, and Pedro Strop got through to the 9th … but the Cubs did it again, scoring a few in the 8th on a Ben Zobrist homer and an Addison Russell double. Travis Wood gave up a two-run shot to Jayson Werth in the 9th, which brought Rondon into the game, but it still wasn’t a save opportunity. He’s never getting another one.
Offensively, Zobrist drove in four of the Cubs’ runs, and Tommy La Stella was slapping the ball around all night. Dexter Fowler was ejected after a second strikeout looking, but it didn’t seem like he said much to get tossed.
It wasn’t a great night, all in all, for the bats, but it still turned out very well.