Game Eighty – Cubs 2, Marlins 0
WP – Kyle Hendricks (4-4) LP – Mat Latos (3-6) Save – Jason Motte (4)
Kyle Hendricks pitched 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball, Chris Coghlan scored on a wild pitch in the first inning and drove in Chris Denorfia in the eighth as the Cubs beat the Marlins on Sunday afternoon at the old ballyard.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Chris Coghlan (1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a RBI) walked, went to third on a hit and run single to left by Kris Bryant (1-for-3 with a walk) and he scored on a wild pitch with Starlin Castro (0-for-2 with a walk) at the plate. Kyle Hendricks made the 1-0 lead hold up. The Cubs added a run in the eighth after Chris Denorfia (1-for-1 with a double and a run scored) hit for Pedro Strop and scored on a Chris Coghlan two-out single.
Kyle Hendricks picked up Sunday where he left off in New York. Hendricks had an excellent day on the mound at Wrigley and ended up with one of his best performances of the season. Hendricks faced one over the minimum through six innings in an outing he had zero room for error. Hendricks really kept the Marlins off balance. Hendricks retired the Marlins in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings and set down 11 in a row before a Mat Latos single with one out in the sixth. Hendricks picked off Dee Gordon from first base to end the sixth and kept the Marlins from gaining any momentum throughout the afternoon.
The Marlins did not put two runners on base at the same time until the seventh inning. And Kyle Hendricks pitched out of a first and second no out jam without allowing a runner to advance.
Kyle Hendricks was lifted with one out in the eighth after Jeff Mathis reached on a single to left on a ball that Starlin Castro misplayed. Pedro Strop recorded the last two outs in the eighth.
Kyle Hendricks surrendered five hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Hendricks made 91 pitches, 64 for strikes, over 7 1/3 shutout innings.
Jason Motte picked up the save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Sunday was the third shutout for the Cubs pitching staff in seven games and the team’s 11th shutout on the season.
The Cubs offense had only one hit through seven innings and ended with three on the afternoon. The Cubs found a way to win a game on three hits, three walks, a HBP and a wild pitch.
Joe Maddon got his Meat Loaf as the Cubs took two of three from Miami and won the series. The Cubs split the season series with the Marlins (3-3).
With Sunday’s win (7-7 on Sunday in 2015), the Cubs improved to 44-36 on the season.
The Cubs welcome the Cardinals to Wrigley for four games in three days starting Monday night (7:05pm CDT). Jon Lester opposes John Lackey in game one.