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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Giants 2 – October 8, 2016

Enhanced Box Scores

Tonight’s Cubs win was a bit less dramatic than last night’s, but it was no less fun. I suppose that’s probably true of all playoff wins, especially when they put your team up 2-0 in a five-game series.

Each of the starters Kyle Hendricks and Jeff Samardzija departed early, though each for different reasons: Samardzija, because the Cubs’ bats were immediately applying pressure, making solid contact, and scoring runs; Hendricks, because he was struck on the pitching forearm by a comebacker. (We’ll talk about that more tomorrow, but, for now, it’s being termed only a contusion, as x-rays were negative.)


The bullpen picked the Cubs up from there, including Travis Wood, who not only pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, but also contributed a bomb of a homer. Incidentally, the Cubs’ other big offensive blow came off the bat of Kyle Hendricks, who popped a bases-loaded single into center field, scoring two.

For the second game in a row, the Cubs did not issue a single walk.

A very solid, relatively comfortable win for the Cubs, who are now just a win away from another chance at the NLCS.



Full box score.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.