Kyle Hendricks combined a deadly change up with a dependable fastball in a record-setting Sunday night. The Chicago Cubs finished a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 10-5 victory. Hendricks struck out a career-high of 12, while five of his teammates contributed home runs, including three solo shots.
Hendricks says his change-up was the answer to their victorious win.
Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and rookie Willson Contreras homered as the Chicago Cubs won their third straight 47-20. As well as pushing the skidding Pirates 15 games out of first place in the NL Central. Pittsburgh has now dropped five in a row, and 10 of its last 11.
Hendricks struck out his 12th on Jacob Stallings to complete his first double-digit strikeout game. He gave away a two-game losing streak by allowing only one run on seven hits in six innings, while walking none.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle says Hendricks can execute pitches very well, and that everything he threw was a hitting spot.
Making his third career MLB start, Jameson Taillon was taken out for a pinch-hitter after walking one over four innings. Also striking out five, and allowing four runs out of eight hits.
Taillon admitted he had a rough start in the opening inning as he threw 33 pitches while the Chicago Cubs quickly had two runners on and scored the game’s first run.
Baez, Bryant, and Rizzo hit solo home runs off of Taillon. Contreras gained a two-run shot against A.J. Schugel in the sixth, and in the seventh Russell added a two-run hit off of Jorge Rondon.
Contreras’ first career home run came with two out in the sixth and fans called the rookie catcher out for an encore after he made it 6-1.
Contreras said it was an amazing feeling to get his first at-bat in the major leagues and hit a homer.
Pittsburgh received two runs back as Starling Marte’s two-out triple to the left-field scored Matt Joyce and Andrew McCutchen. Trimming the margin to 6-4 was Jung-Ho Kang’s infield base hit which then scored Marte.
The Chicago Cubs responded with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Rizzo singled home Jason Heyward for one with runners on first and second while Bryant ran to third base.
Bryant brought it to 8-4 by beating a tag at the plate on Ben Zobrist’s fielder’s choice grounder. Then Russell hit his sixth home run of the season for the Cubs final two runs
In the opening inning, the Chicago Cubs had runners on first and third, and Rizzo’s one-out single made it a 1-0 lead.
Baez brought it to 2-0 when he launched Taillon’s pitch deep into the left-field bleachers for a solo and his sixth home run of the season.
Chicago added back-to-back home runs by Bryant and Rizzo to open the third for a 4-0 lead. It was the first time that Bryant and Rizzo hit homers and the fifth time this season the Cubs hit back-to-back home runs.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said it was a very well-played game offensively, defensively and for the most part, pitching.