Game 2 of the Cubs home stand against Phillies. Kyle Hendricks takes on Jared Eickoff, with both men looking to get thier third win of the season. Kyle would make it through three innings without a blemish. Jared wouldn’t be SE lucky. Dexter Fowler on a 3-1 count would send a fly ball that would have just enough on it to be a home run to start the day off. Then Jason Heyward would send a fly ball to to right for a double. With two outs, Ben Zobrist stretches his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI. After 1, Cubs up by 2.
With one out in the bottom of the second, both Addison Russel and Kyle Hendricks would single but Fowler would fly out to make it two outs. It’s okay, because Heyward would hit his second double of the day scoring Russell but Kyle would be thrown out at the plate. Cubs up 3-0.
The bottom of the third would see Anthony Rizzo get hit by a pitch with one out. On two outs and Soler at the plate, Rizzo would get caught stealing second. The fourth inning would see Kyle give up his first hit of the day to Freddy Galvis but that would be all for the Phills. Jerad would get his first clean inning getting all three batters out in a row and repeat it in the bottom half of the fifth where Hendricks would give up another hit in the top half.
Kyle would hit Galvis in the top of the sixth but no runs cross the plate. Kris Bryant would lead off with a single. Zobrist would single and Soler would walk. Miguel Montero would ground out but Bryant would score. With the inning over, the Cubs are up 4-0. Hendricks would give up a two out double but no runs. Andre Bailey enters the game stopping the Cubs from scoring any more runs.
Hendricks has a 1-2-3 top half of the eighth. Elvis Araujo enters the game for the Phillies preventing the Cubs again from adding to thier lead. Hendricks comes back out to stop what he started but gives up a lead off double to Galvis, who’s had Kyles number all day. He would advance to third on Maikel Franco’s ground out to second. Kyle would then strike out Ryan Howard but in the dropped third strike, Montero would throw to first but the throw back from Rizzo would not be in time to catch Galvis at home. Kyle would end the game after that with a ground out. He would pitch a complete game giving up 5 hits, walking no one but striking out 7. Great outing for Kyle, proving he deserves his spot in the rotation and giving the pen a day off.
Go Cubs Go!!!