The Cubs won one by outscoring their opponent, and today they won by the slimmest of margins. Kyle Hendricks continued his home dominance, and he successfully outdueled Jeff Samardzija. That added something for a number of a Cubs fans I am certain, but the biggest number was the Cubs winning game number 69 in 2019. The nice number comes just a game quicker than the pace set in 2017. The Cubs could once again build a small division lead at home with the Cardinals currently trailing against Colorado, but either way the Cubs will head into tomorrow in first place in the division once again.
This game is easy and quick to sum up due to the utter dominance of the two starting pitchers. It feels quaint watching a game featuring two starting pitchers throwing seven innings in the same game. The two surrendered a grand total of five hits between the two of them, and only an error aided score crossed the plate in that entire time. Thankfully for the Cubs it was the Giants making the key mistake.
Jeff Samardzija pitched five clean innings against the Cubs. He walked a batter to start the seventh inning, but faced the minimum in that inning as well with a double play. The Cubs were fortunate to get any tally against Shark in the game. Jason Heyward led off the fourth inning with what is generously called a sun aided single. The Cubs were then helped when Brandon Crawford turned a double play ball into two runners on and no outs. Kris Bryant gave Crawford a chance to make amends which he did with an effectively executed twin killing. Anthony Rizzo pulled a ball over the shortstop's head to drive in the only run of the game with two outs.
Kyle Hendricks faced a little more traffic than Samardzija, but he was perhaps more dominant with seven strike outs. Brandon Belt hit a one out double in the second inning. Buster Posey led off with a single in the fourth inning and Samardzija bounced a groundball through the left side for a knock in the sixth inning. The Giants never could deliver a hit to advance a runner once on base as the Professor kept the Giants off the board.
Brandon Kintzler took over in the eighth inning and was helped out with a slick fielding play from Kris Bryant right away. Kintzler punched out Scooter Gennett, but Crawford tripled on Nicholas Castellanos' first real bad misplay in the outfield. Kyle Ryan was summoned and he did his job punching out Austin Slater to end the inning.
Tony Waston pitched a clean bottom half of the eighth inning. Ryan faced Mike Yastrzemski to start the ninth and induced a groundball out before giving way to Rowan Wick. Buster Posey struck out and Alex Dickerson bounced back to Wick for the game ending out.
The box score says two hits, but it really was one god damn hit for the offense today. But they made it count.