Game One Hundred-Three: Cubs 0, Cardinals 1
WP – Adam Wainwright (13-5) LP – Kyle Hendricks (1-1) Save – Trevor Rosenthal (32)
Kyle Hendricks made one mistake over 6 1/3 innings and the offense was not able to cash in any of the opportunities they had against Adam Wainwright as the Cubs lost the series finale to the Cardinals. And the Cubs were shutout for the 12th time this season.
Kyle Hendricks pitched a good game, but a wind-blown homer off the bat of Matt Holliday in the first inning ended up being the difference in the game. Holliday lifted a 2-1 pitch into the wind and the ball ended up in the basket just to the right of straight away centerfield. On a day with the wind howling out at the old ballyard, Hendricks limited the Cardinals to one run on seven hits. Hendricks kept the ball down and recorded nine groundball outs. The Cubs defense turned two double plays behind him and he did not walk a batter on Sunday afternoon. Hendricks struck out two batters and threw 94 pitches, 57 for strikes, in 6 1/3 innings.
Kyle Hendricks posted a quality start for the second time in as many outings at Wrigley Field.
Wesley Wright picked up the final two outs in the seventh inning in relief of Hendricks. The Cardinals loaded the bases against Wright, but Mike Matheny let Adam Wainwright hit for himself with the bases loaded and he lined out to Rizzo to the inning.
Pedro Strop faced the minimum in the eighth and Hector Rondon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout.
The offense managed just two hits through the first four innings and Adam Wainwright faced just one over the minimum through four frames. The Cubs put runners in scoring position in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings but could not push across a run to tie the game. The Cubs faced one of the best starters in the game and could not figure out a way to beat him Sunday.
Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-4), Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4), Welington Castillo (1-for-4 with a double), Chris Coghlan (1-for-3 with a walk) and Luis Valbuena (1-for-4) collected the Cubs six hits. The offense went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
The Cubs defense turned three more double plays Sunday afternoon, two behind Kyle Hendricks.
With Sunday’s loss (4-12 on Sunday in 2014), the Cubs dropped to 42-62 on the season.
The Cubs open a four-game series against the Rockies at Wrigley Field on Monday night (7:05pm CDT). Tsuyoshi Wada is scheduled to face fellow southpaw Yohan Flande in the opener.