Morning Marquee: Chicago Cubs shutout Padres, win series

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The Chicago Cubs were able to pick up another series win on the road behind a strong shutout performance from Kyle Hendricks in San Diego, defeating the Padres by the score of 3-0.

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Comedian and Chicago-native Jeff Garlin was in attendance and was able to witness Kris Bryant launch a two-run shot early on in the game to give Hendricks a 2-0 lead. Bryant made a beautiful barehanded play later on in the game, rushing in on the ball to retire catcher Derek Norris in the bottom of the fourth.

Rookie second baseman Addison Russell added on another insurance run in the top half of the second inning, driving a pitch to left field to make it a 3-0 ballgame with no outs.

Hendricks worked a complete game, holding the Padres to zero runs on five hits with seven strikeouts to pick up his first victory of the season.

Cubs’ skipper Joe Maddon‘s former team, the Tampa Bay Rays, have found themselves at the top of the American League East after shutting out the Oakland Athletics, 3-0. Another former Cub in David DeJesus recorded an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning then followed that up with a solo home run to right-center field to make it 2-0 in the seventh. 

They’re currently in a tight race with the New York Yankees, who trail the Rays by just a half game entering today. New York has been on a three-game losing streak as of late while the Boston Red Sox dropped their second straight game.

In the battle of the West Coast, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers went head-to-head against Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants. It’s been a long time since Kershaw gave up a home run to an opposing pitcher, but that would all change last night after Bumgarner blasted a solo shot to left field, giving him a 1-0 lead.

The Dodgers would be unable to respond over the course of the game as the defending champions tacked on three more runs, eventually winning the game 4-0.

Here’s more from around the league:

Tampa Bay Rays Game 42: First Place Alone, At Long Last‘ – RaysColoredGlasses

Red Sox’ offensively futility continues in 3-1 loss‘ – BoSoxInjection

Shades of 2012, A Series Shutout‘ – LasordasLair

Three more Wrigley Field rooftops bought by Ricketts family‘ – CubbiesCrib

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