Chicago Cubs’ close out regular season at Wrigley Field in grand fashion


Cubs fittingly close out regular season at Wrigley Field with a walk-off victory

The Chicago Cubs final game at Wrigley Field was a make-up game, but many hope it wasn’t the last bit of baseball to be played at the Friendly Confines this year. Should it be, it was a great way to end things there this season. A pitcher’s duel between Kyle Hendricks and Yordano Ventura turned into a bullpen battle that Chris Denorfia ended in the bottom of the 11th with the first pitch he saw, driving a game-winning home run into left for the walk-off win.

Kyle Hendricks once again pitched well, and could be making a valid case for the No. 3 spot if the Cubs advance into the playoffs with the struggles of Jason Hammel. It was, however, the 20th no-decision of the season for Hendricks. He’s had a little bit of good luck, a little bit of bad in all of those. But his consistency in these last few starts may have elevated his status in the rotation.

The St. Louis Cardinals picked up a series-opening win against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but it was overshadowed by an injury to outfielder Stephen Piscotty. He and Peter Bourjos were both chasing after a ball in the left field gap and both left their feet at the same time. Bourjos’ knee caught Piscotty around the head/neck are and momentarily knocked him unconscious.

Piscotty was carted off the field, and was moving his arm and legs. Early reports are there were no fractures of the face and was to be held overnight for observation. The Cardinals scored three runs in the ninth to steal the win away from the Pirates.

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