Update #3 (10:22 PM EDT): Not only is the no-hit bid over, the shutout bid is over, too. Jeremy Hazelbaker led off the ninth inning with a no-doubt solo home run to right field, reducing the Cardinals’ deficit to 4-1.
Update #2 (10:06 PM EDT): Hendricks got Randal Grichuk to fly out to left field, then struck out Yadier Molina. He walked Jedd Gyorko on four pitches, but bounced back to get Jhonny Peralta to pop out into foul territory. The no-hitter is intact with one inning left to play. Hendricks has thrown 93 pitches.
Update (9:53 PM EDT): Hendricks got Kolten Wong and Stephen Piscotty to ground out, then struck out Matt Carpenter to end the seventh inning. Two innings to go. He’s at 78 pitches.
Cubs starter and National League Cy Young Award candidate Kyle Hendricks is through six innings of Monday night’s start against the Cardinals and has yet to allow a hit. Hendricks has walked one and struck out five on 66 pitches.
Hendricks entered Monday night’s start with a major league best 2.07 ERA with a 14-7 record and a 145/41 K/BB ratio in 165 innings.
The Cubs’ offense has provided Hendricks four runs of support off of Mike Leake. Ben Zobrist hit a solo homer in the second, Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI single in the third, and Dexter Fowler hit a two-run homer in the fifth.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has the only no-hitter of the 2016 season, doing so on April 21 in a 16-0 shellacking of the Reds. The Cardinals were last victims of a no-hitter on June 1, 2012 against Mets starter Johan Santana.
We’ll keep you updated as Hendricks attempts to navigate the game’s final three innings.
Last week, Twins slugger Brian Dozier tied the American League record for home runs in a single season by a second baseman by hitting his 39th dinger of the 2016 campaign. He tied Alfonso Soriano, who hit 39 with the Yankees in 2002.
Dozier broke that tie in the third inning on Monday, hitting a solo home run off of Tigers starter Daniel Norris to tie the game at 1-1. He’s the first second baseman to hit 40 home runs in a season since Ryne Sandberg hit 40 for the Cubs in 1990. Rogers Hornsby and Davey Johnson hold the all-time single-season record for home runs by a second baseman at 42, a record which Dozier seems certain to obtain by season’s end.
Dozier is the first Twin with a 40-homer season since Harmon Killebrew had a nice season in 1969. Killebrew, in fact, had eight of the Twins’ 10 40-homer seasons. Dozier and Roy Sievers (42, 1957) have the other two.
The 29-year-old Dozier entered Monday’s action batting .277/.348/.571. While Mike Trout is running away in the American League when it comes to WAR, it will be interesting to see where Dozier ends up in MVP voting, particularly relative to Jose Altuve.
In Monday’s preview, I highlighted Mat Latos making his starting debut with the Nationals. He’s had a rough year, but now finds himself on a first-place team poised to try to make some noise in the postseason. That being said, I didn’t think the game would be appointment television.
Boy was I wrong. Latos smacked his fourth career home run, a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning against Mets starter Rafael Montero. Montero threw a 3-2 belt-high fastball and Latos was all over it, sending it with gusto over the fence in left-center field.
Here’s the video.
Latos last homered as a member of the Reds on August 3, 2012 against the Pirates. He victimized Wandy Rodriguez for a two-run shot then.