CHICAGO — After the Chicago Cubs lost three consecutive games — scoring only six runs and collecting only three hits in 18 at-bats with runners in scoring position during that span — manager David Ross didn’t diminish the importance of Monday’s game against the resurgent St. Louis Cardinals.
“It’s a big game,” Ross said. “But they all are.”
Kyle Hendricks provided stability, pitching eight innings while setting a franchise record, as the Cubs earned a methodical 5-1 victory at breezy Wrigley Field and extended their lead to 2½ games in the National League Central.
Hendricks didn’t allow a walk, setting a franchise record with his 38th consecutive start with two or fewer walks. The streak dates to April 7, 2019, and breaks the record set by Bill Hands from Sept. 11, 1967, to April 13, 1969.