Chicago Cubs Notes: Team looks for series win in matinee finale

May 9, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs fly a W flag in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
May 9, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs fly a W flag in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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After splitting Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Chicago Cubs look to pick up a series win behind Kyle Hendricks this afternoon at Coors Field.

The Chicago Cubs’ offense put up 12 runs while the pitching and defense surrendered 11 in Tuesday’s doubleheader split against the Colorado Rockies. Jake Arrieta was not his usual self, while John Lackey put up double-digit strikeouts at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Colorado (21-13) hands the ball to young right-hander German Marquez (0-2, 7.31) in the series finale Wednesday afternoon. In his last start, he allowed five earned on five hits in six innings against the Diamondbacks. So, needless to say, he’s hoping for smoother sailing this time around.

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Chicago, meanwhile, turns to reigning MLB ERA leader Kyle Hendricks. The right-hander has three career starts in Denver and has pitched well to a mid-3.00s earned run average.

The big bat of Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez looms large for Hendricks. He’s batting .357 with a home run against the Chicago right-hander in his career.

The entire Cubs lineup has one at-bat against Marquez. Jon Jay doubled against the right-hander in the past.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo is enjoying a much-needed day off. Jeimer Candelario is manning first base as Kris Bryant starts again in right field for Joe Maddon. Tommy LaStella is back at the hot corner for the finale.

Starting lineups

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Broadcast Information

670 AM WSCR carries the radio call this afternoon and the game can be watched on CSN Chicago. First pitch is at 2:10 p.m. CT.