Chicago Cubs drop the rubber match to the Rockies 3-0
The Chicago Cubs Kyle Hendricks was outdueled by German Marquez a 22-year-old rookie who carried a no-hitter going into the seventh inning for the Rockies
The Chicago Cubs are exactly what they are right now. If that makes any sense. They are a .500 ball club. The bats are as cold as ice, and the defense is full of errors. Now I fully believe that both of those will be slump busted very soon. The chance that both will stay cold will not happen. Sometime very soon our bats are going to heat up and all at once making this team unstoppable for a period. I just hope it’s sooner than later. The next thing that everyone should be happy about is the starting pitching. It has been trending upwards beside Arrieta.
Kyle Hendricks pitched a great game in the third game against the Rockies. He only gave up two earned runs yesterday going 6 1/3 and was visibly pissed when he was taken out of the game. Hendricks only game up four hits during this outing and is starting to take 2016 form again. He also struck out seven batters. In his last four starts, Hendricks is posting a 1.52 ERA and has a 2.96 ERA in his four road starts.
“You saw the more awkward swings, the more taken strikes, the swing and miss,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He looked a lot more normal than he has in a while. And especially here against this team. I thought he was outstanding.”
The problem with the outstanding outing by Kyle was the Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez, a rookie, threw well enough to no-hit the Cubs all the way to the seventh. The Rockies starter didn’t have fabulous stuff only throwing a mid-90s fastball and mixing in breaking stuff. But on this day he was untouchable for the Cubs. The 22-year-old Marquez excellent performance was finally broken up by a double off Kris Bryant’s bat. He had retired 16 straight batters up until that point.
The 17-17 Cubs have a much needed day off before playing the Cardinals who are 19-14. First game is Friday at 7:15 start CT.