Despite a hit and miss offense, the Cubs have gotten a lot of excellent pitching in the month of September. Kyle Hendricks had perhaps the best start of a month of great starts Monday. He totally dominated the Diamondbacks en route to an easy win.
The professor allowed just one hit the first five innings, a bloop double to Eduardo Escobar in the 4th. That was also one of only 3 hits Kyle would surrender all night. Patrick Corbin was able to keep things tied with five scoreless innings of his own.
The Cubs would finally rally in the top of the 6th inning. Albert Almora went opposite field for a leadoff single. Kris Bryant hit a line drive through the wide open right side of the infield to move Albert to third. Anthony Rizzo grounded to second scoring the runner at third, initially ruled a double play it was overturned on replay. Javy Baez blasted a two-run dong just left of dead center field to make it 3-0.
Almora hit a pop fly single in the 8th inning to set the stage for some insurance runs. Jim Deshaies made a bold prediction from the announcing both, he said Bryant was going to hit homer. Given the fact KB hasn't homered since returning from the DL, it was a bold prediction. Sure enough the former MVP smoked an opposite-field line drive homer to right field off of Randal Delgado.
Hendricks took the 5-0 lead to the 9th inning attempting to throw a complete game. AJ Pollock threw a wrench in those plans with a sol0-shot to right field. Kyle got the next two hitters to fly to the warning track, but a weak Paul Goldschmidt single to center ended his night. Bizarrely, Justin Wilson made one pitch and Willson Contreras threw out the Arizona first baseman trying to steal second to record the final out.