Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 3, Brewers 0 - July 24, 2020

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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 3, Brewers 0 – July 24, 2020

Chicago Cubs

Welcome back, Cubs baseball! Homers from Ian Happ and Anthony Rizzo did the little bit of damage in this one, and Kyle Hendricks did the rest.

I don’t want to be too hyperbolic just because I’m so stoked baseball is back, but that may have been the best I’ve ever seen Kyle Hendricks look. Not only was he doing all the things he always does well – pinpoint command, clearly tunneling all pitches well, throwing anything in his arsenal in any count – but he was flashing that ridiculously tight, sharp curveball. Throw in the fact that his fastball was sitting at 89 mph (up there for him) out the gate and that was top tier Kyle Hendricks.

For him to do this in his first start of the year after such a jacked up offseason, in particular, is blowing my mind.

(Also, of course it was Orlando Arcia who got the only hits off of Hendricks. THREE of them. I swear, if that guy never played the Cubs, he’d still be at AA.)

From the first at bat of the night, when Kris Bryant required 10 pitches to retire, the Cubs really made Brandon Woodruff work. His stuff is fantastic, but his command was only so-so. Even with the help of a couple double play grounders, he was burned up after five innings. Still, he gave up only the two-run shot to Happ, so it wasn’t a bad outing.

Full box score.

Author: Brett Taylor

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