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.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.