AND THAT’S A SWEEP!
Apparently, that’s all the teams do in this season series in 2019 – sweep each other at home. But, for tonight at least, I’ll take it.
Kyle Hendricks was on yet again, pitching around some trouble (and some periodic defensive lapses behind him), keeping the Cardinals off-balance, and ultimately going seven innings and allowing just a single (barely) earned run.
Offensively, the Cubs got another big night from leadoff man Kyle Schwarber, got a homer from Carlos Gonzalez – his first with the Cubs – and gave the pitching staff a relatively comfortable lead to close out.
Speaking of which: although Carl Edwards, Jr. probably could have finished off the 9th, once he walked two, it was understandable that Joe Maddon turned to his closer, Pedro Strop, for the final out. Which he got on one pitch. Not bad save work if you can get it.