CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks pitched seven sharp innings and the Chicago Cubs received regardless of getting solely two hits, edging the San Francisco Giants 1-Zero Thursday for his or her fifth straight victory.
Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI single to assist the NL Central leaders full a three-game sweep. The Giants misplaced their fourth in a row.
A day after the Cubs received 12-11 in a sport with seven dwelling runs, there was a brisk breeze blowing in at Wrigley Area and the groups mixed for simply six hits.
Hendricks (9-9) allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked none. He has a 1.79 ERA in 11 dwelling begins this season.
Relievers Brandon Kintzler, Kyle Ryan and Rowan Wick every acquired two outs to finish the four-hitter. Wick completed for his second save.
Cubs pitchers mixed for 10 strikeouts with out a stroll.
Jeff Samardzija (9-10) gave up one run on two hits in seven innings towards his former group.
Samardzija retired the primary 9 batters earlier than Jason Heyward led off the fourth with a pop fly to brief heart. Kevin Pillar instantly started shading his eyes and misplaced it within the solar and the ball dropped in entrance of him for reward single.
With Heyward working, Nicholas Castellanos adopted with a routine grounder to shortstop that Brandon Crawford booted for an error to place runners on first and second. Samardzija appeared on a verge of getting out of the jam when Kris Bryant bounced right into a double play, however Rizzo adopted with a liner to heart for an RBI single.
San Francisco’s finest scoring probability got here within the eighth. Crawford tripled off the suitable area wall with two outs towards Kintzler. With out the wind, the ball would possibly’ve been a game-tying homer.
Ryan, a left-hander, then got here on to strike out pinch-hitter Austin Slater to finish the inning.
Retiring Giants supervisor Bruce Bochy was honored earlier than his final sport at Wrigley. Cubs supervisor Joe Maddon and president Theo Epstein offered Bochy with a tile from the legendary heart area with the quantity 15 (his uniform quantity) on it.
Giants: After being examined in Los Angeles by orthopedic surgeon Neal ElAttrache, INF Pablo Sandoval (proper elbow) returned to the Bay Space. The group’s medical employees is within the strategy of figuring out how lengthy Sandoval is more likely to be sidelined.
Cubs: Nearer Craig Kimbrel had pitched three of 4 days since being activated on Sunday – together with a save in every of the primary two video games of the series- so he was unavailable on Thursday. ”We’re not going to push him,” Maddon stated.
Giants: Following a time without work on Friday, they return dwelling for a two-game sequence towards Bay Space rival Oakland. LHP Madison Bumgarner (8-8, 3.72 ERA) begins the opener Saturday evening towards Athletics RHP Chris Bassitt (9-5, 3.61).
Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (10-8, 4.23 ERA) pitches the opener of a three-game sequence at dwelling towards the Nationals on Friday afternoon. RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 3.99) goes for Washington.