While Kyle Hendricks was working on the mound, the Chicago Cubs backed him up with four home runs in the 7-2 series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. They went back-to-back midway through the game to record their 37th win of the season.
First off, we have to tip our caps to the 26-year-old right-hander who held that Dodgers lineup to two earned runs in eight innings of work. There’s a good chance Hendricks would have been out there on the mound to finish the game in the ninth but his spot in the batting order came up in the home half of the eighth.
Either way, Hendricks pitched one hell of a game and gave these fans something else to talk about around their water cooler at work. Not to mention, Javier Baez, Jason Heyward, Kris Bryant, and first baseman Anthony Rizzo going deep.
Heyward connected for his first home run at Wrigley Field while wearing a Cubs uniform while Bryant, well, almost took out the video board out in left field. Seriously, we need a counter on how many times he’s going to hit that thing.
It’s been a wild and exciting start to the month of June and will get even better when the All-Star ballot updates. Last time we checked, Chicago was ruling the infield.
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Now that the Dodgers tucked their tails and skipped out of the Windy City, it’s time for the Arizona Diamondbacks to make a weekend stop.
Chicago’s 7-3 win over the D’backs in that series finale improved them to 5-1 on the year lead to a sweep over the Cincinnati Reds in their home opener at Wrigley Field.
One player who is sure to be excited about this weekend set is none other than former Cubs catcher, Welington Castillo. Castillo just so happens to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks in All-Star votes so the possibility of him playing with Rizzo, Baez, Fowler and Jake Arrieta are pretty high at this point.
There’s no doubt that Welington aka Beef Castle will receive a standing ovation when it’s his turn to take his at-bat. He was a fan favorite when he took over the primary catching job when Geovany Soto was dealt and is still loved in the city of Chicago til this day.
But business is business as usual, so here’s to the Cubbies extending their winning streak through the weekend.
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