Kyle Hendricks strong in win vs Mets; Chris Sale makes history

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After a miserable weekend and one of the longest off-days in recent history, the Chicago Cubs were able to get themselves back into the win column behind Kyle Hendricks‘ stellar performance in New York against the Mets.

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Outfielder Matt Szczur knocked in rookie third baseman Kris Bryant from second base during the top half of the sixth with Jon Niese on the mound to help back up his starter. It was reported that skipper Joe Maddon brought in a magician to perform for his club prior to both teams taking the field – so whoever he hired should become the team’s full-time entertainment.

It was reported that skipper Joe Maddon brought in a magician to perform for his club prior to both teams taking the field – so whoever he hired should become the team’s full-time entertainment.

Hendricks – who has been shaky in a handful of starts this season – held the Mets to just three hits while issuing only one walk (which came late in the game) and recorded six strikeouts to bump his ERA down to 4.15 in the final game of June.

The back-end of this rotation has taken a bit of a hit now that Tsuyoshi Wada was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season, so Hendricks is going to have to keep this up or else he could lose his spot.

With the trade deadline coming at the end of the month, the Chicago Cubs could very well end up trading for another arm or two to help out this starting five to help make a push for the postseason.

While the Cubs claimed the series opener in the Big Apple, Chris Sale made history as the Chicago White Sox visited the N.L. Central leading St. Louis Cardinals.

Sale, 26, tied the Major League record for consecutive 10-strikeout games, joining Pedro Martinez who accomplished this feat back in 1999 when Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire were taking pitchers deep.

The South Siders ace fanned a whopping 10 batters in his first six innings of work at Busch Stadium as his team would go on to defeating the Cardinals by the final score of 2-1. Not only did Sale make history, but he helped out the Cubs who now trail the Redbirds by just 10.5 games entering today.

He’s currently on pace to set a White Sox franchise record for strikeouts with 282 as he currently sits at 139.

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Next: Hendricks Stellar In Series Opener

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