Final #Cubs 2, Marlins 0
Kyle Hendricks finally picked up a win at Wrigley Field, holding the Marlins to five hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 2-0 win on Sunday. Cubs starting pitchers now have a 1.08 ERA over their last six games, giving up five earned runs over 41 2/3 innings. The team is 5-1 in that stretch — but also batting just .178 (34-for-191).
“We’re definitely going to hit,” manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s always good when you go through these stretches that you’re able to win in spite of it.”
Pitching and defense usually win games.
“You’ve got to pitch,” Maddon said. “The game could’ve been called ‘pitching’ as opposed to baseball.”
He’s also not worried about the lack of offense.
“I know it’s going to show up,” Maddon said. “As long as you can pull some of this magical stuff out while you’re waiting for the offense to come, I’ll take it.”
Is it tougher for the players to deal with such close games?
“I look at it as more fun,” said Chris Denorfia, who delivered a pinch-hit double and scored an insurance run in the eighth. “To be prepared for the postseason, you’re going to need pressure games like this. The more experience we get with these, the more comfortable you are in those situations.”
* Jason Motte converted his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth. He has given up one earned run over his last 20 appearances.
* Sunday was the Cubs’ 11th shutout. They now are 9-27 when out-hit by their opponents. The Marlins totaled five hits; the Cubs had three.
— Carrie Muskat