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Hendricks Tosses 6-Scoreless, Red pull off the Win 2-0.

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Monday, Cubs put on an offensive show that erupted for fifteen runs in front of the Wrigley Field crowd. Both Kyle Hendricks and Reds rookie Luis Castillo tossed six scoreless innings while offenses were quiet until the eighth and ninth inning. Hot hitting Joey Votto scored the go-ahead run in the ninth on a Scooter Gennett RBI sac fly to lead Cincinnati over Chicago 2-1.

Game Recap

A well pitched game from both sides to start the game.

Cubs Kyle Hendricks pitched 6 innings, allowed five hit no runs while walking four and striking out six. Luis Castillo also went six, but only gave up two hits, walked 2 and struck out seven. To the bullpens, they go.

Top of the 7th, Hendricks started the inning, walked Eugenio Suarez and then gave up a single to Jesse Winker before being pulled. Carl Edward entered and blanked the Reds in arguably his best inning of the season which included three strikeouts. Cubs had an opportunity in the bottom half inning when rookie Victor Caratini lead off the inning with a single. A batter later, Albert Almora Jr. singled to left which advanced Caratini to third. Almora was called out at second when stretching his hit out. Heyward grounded out and Javier Baez line out to leave Caratini stranded in scoring position.

The eighth inning, Reds finally broke through with Pedro Strop on the mound. Joey Votto walked for the third time tonight with one out in the eighth. Votto reached third on Adam Duvall’s single. Scooter Gennett drove him home on a sacrifice fly to Jason Heyward in right field. Cubs came close in the bottom of the eighth with the base loaded and two outs. Raisel Iglesias would strike out Caratini and leave the runners stranded.

Justin Wilson had runners on second and third with Billy Hamilton at the plate. Hamilton singled in Winker for a 2-0. The run ended up being a much-needed insurance run. Iglesias came in to pitch the ninth and try for the five out save. Kyle Schwarber came in to pinch-hit for Almora and ended up walking to lead off the inning after battling Iglesias for nine pitches. Heyward followed that up with a single before both advancing into scoring position on a sacrifice hit by Baez. Ben Zobrist came into pitch hit for Wilson and hit an RBI single. That was all the Cubs could squeeze out of Iglesias as he struck out Jon Jay and ALex Avila to earn his 21st save out 22 chances this season.

Closing notes

Nothing to go crazy about for the Cubs Nation as they still have an 11-straight game against last place teams. Despite the loss, Cubs still hold a 1.5 game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Hendricks continued strong second half. Last 5 starts, 27 innings pitched, 0-1, 2.00 ERA, 29 hits, 6 Runs (all earned), nine walks and 24 strikeouts.
  • Edwards has pitched 89 innings in his career and has 126 career strikeouts.
  • Almora batting .333 with 2 runs, 1 home runs, 5 runs batted in this month. Only 1 strikeout in 27 August at-bats.

Up Next: 7:05 p.m. vs Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. John Lackey (10-9) rides a five-game win streak while Homer Bailey (4-6) is looking for his fifth win still.