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.
Bobby Jenks was a key part of the 2005 world champion White Sox. By 2010, his effectiveness as a closer fell off and he signed with the Boston Red Sox for the 2011 season. He’d pitch in only 19 games that year, suffer a back injury and would never pitch again.
In the year or so after that, we heard that Jenks was arrested for driving under the influence. And then we heard that his back surgery was botched, and his baseball career was over. Then, after years of silence, we learned last spring that Jenks won $5.1 million in a medical malpractice suit against the doctor who performed his surgery.
We did not, however, know all the details until Bobby Jenks wrote about them at the Players’ Tribune this morning. This is must-click link stuff, folks.
Jenks talks about how a seemingly innocuous pitch to Jorge Posada in an early-season Red Sox-Yankees game in 2011 was the last pitch he’d ever throw. He talks about the presumably simple surgery that would supposedly get him back on the field. And then the scary complications in which he almost died due to leaking spinal fluid resulting from the botched surgery. Then, after using painkillers to deal with back pain, Jenks’ fell into drug addiction, all of which culminated in him finding himself half-naked and crazed in a car that didn’t belong to him with police and rescue workers surrounding him.
Jenks got clean but his wife left him. And then he mounted a multi-year lawsuit during which he learned that the reason his back surgery was screwed up was because the surgeon was performing two surgeries at one time, which is an apparently common practice called “concurrent surgery,” that sounds like it totally should NOT be a common practice.
Yet Jenks has survived. He’s been sober for over seven years and he seems to be in a good place. But boy did he have to go through something harrowing to get there. Definitely take the time to read it.