The final game between the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs featured a pitcher’s duel between two sinkerballers. Marcus Stroman took the mound for the Mets and Kyle Hendricks was on the mound for the Cubs. Hendricks was the better pitcher as he shut out the Mets and led the Cubs to a 2-0 victory.
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Hendricks allowed a double in each of the first two innings but settled in for six shutout innings and seven strikeouts. He never hit 90 mph on the radar gun, and he did not need to. Hendricks worked hitters inside with his sinker and cutter combination, then had them flailing at his changeup all night. He combined with the bullpen to retired the last 17 Mets who came up to the plate.
Stroman also had a terrific start as he pitched seven innings, striking out eight, but the one blemish was Javier Baez‘s two-run homer. Baez’s home run gave the Cubs all the runs they needed, and it was the only offense of the game for either team. Since the Cubs rested their best relievers in their three losses, they were ready to go to help avoid the sweep. The Cubs also scored all of their runs of the series on home runs, which is why their offense struggled mightily.
The silver lining from the game is Trevor May providing back-to-back strong outings. There are three doubleheaders in the next ten days, and the Mets will need him for a lot of big innings. The Mets head to Washington to face the Nationals for a four-game series which starts on Friday. Joey Lucchesi will start for the Mets against Erick Fedde for a 7:05 p.m. ET start from Nationals Park.