Cubs outshine Maddon's Angels

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Maddon and Rossy during pregame (Rick Scuteri - USA Today Sports)
Maddon and Rossy during pregame (Rick Scuteri - USA Today Sports)

Fresh off a 7-3 win over Seattle yesterday, the Cubs split the squad for dual action today. In the headliner, the Cubs (4-5) hosted Joe Maddon and his Angels (4-5), with the second game later tonight (@ Hohokam Stadium vs. Oakland, 8:05 PM).

Kyle Hendricks was tapped for this start, with Alec Mills starting the night game. Maddon elected to start righty, Julio Tehran.

For a little added entertainment, insight, and comedy, ESPN mic’d up Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.

T-1 Kyle Hendricks works a 1-2-3 frame, helped out by Ian Happ, who made a great diving catch to rob Tommy La Stella. A pair of groundouts ended the frame.

B-1 KB popup to third, Rizzo grounds to third, Javier Baez fans to end the inning. Score 0-0.

T-2 The Professor got back to work, starting the inning with a 3-1 groundball putout. Hendricks would then fan the next man before getting a grounder to end the frame (GO-4).

B-2 Kyle Schwarber (GO-4), Willson Contreras (K), Victor Caratini, long flyout to center. The game still tied 0-0.

T-3 The Professor keeps the no-hitter intact with a ground ball to third and a pair of K’s, which featured some nasty breaking pitches.

B-3 Steven Souza (FO-8), Ian Happ’s bomb to center would break up the Halos’ no-hitter and put the Cubs on the board. Nico Hoerner singles to CF, KB (K), Rizzo with a quiet joke about cheating before singling to right-center (Hoerner to third). Mendoza asks, “What’s he throwing here?” Rizz responds, “I have no idea. I wish someone would bang for me.” Contreras grounds to the hole, but 3 AM is there. Cubs lead 1-0.

Kyle Hendricks: 3.0 IP, 0-R, 0-H, 0-BB, 3-K. Tremendous appearance.

T-4 RHP Jeremy Jeffress keeps the Cubs’ perfect game: Tommy La Stella (GO-3), K, FO-8.

B-4 Schwarbs (K), Contreras (FO-9), Caratini (GO-4). Cubs lead by one.

T-5 Righty Jharel Cotton K, BB, FO-9, Line-out short. Perfect game is shot, but no-hitter still intact.

B-5 Nothing for Chicago: Souza singles to the right, Happ hits into a double play and Hoerner fans. Cubs still lead 1-0.

Substitutions: Zach Davis (CF), Alfonso Rivas (1B), Luis Verdugo (3B).

T-6 Cotton would give up a single, but then even worse, served up a home run ball to Tommy La Stella. Cubs trail 2-1. Cotton replaced by RHP Juan Gamez. (I have no idea who this is, he’s not even on the spring roster…): (GO-4)(GO-6).

B-6 Verdugo and Rivas would both walk to start the frame. Baez singled to load the bases (Zack Short pinch runs), the Schwarbs come through with a 3-RBI double to center. Trent Giambrone runs for Schwarber, Miguel Amaya bats for Contreras, grounds out to short. Caratini hits a fair ball to the right side, but the inattentive ball-boy (aka60-ish-year-old man) picks it up, so it’s ruled a ground-rule double, but Giambrone scores. Souza (K), Davis doubles (Caratini scores), Hoerner FO-8. Cubs lead 6-2.

Substitutions: Carlos Asuaje (2B), Noel Cuevas (RF), PJ Higgins (C), Miguel Amaya (DH), Trent Giambrone (LF), Zack Short (SS).

T-7 RHP Tyson Miller: Double, single (run scores), force play (6-4), K, infield single, foul-out to first. Angels trail 6-3.

B-7 Verdugo infield single, Rivas triples, Short walks, Giambrone (K), Amaya (K), Higgins grounds into a 6-4 force play. Cubs lead 7-3.

T-8 Tyson Miller: Homer, single, FO-7. Miller yanked, replaced by Craig Brooks: (FO-7). Cubs lead 7-4.

B-8 Cuevas homer, Davis singles, steals second, Asuaje GO-3, Davis advances, Verdugo sac-fly to left, Davis scores. Rivas FO-7. Cubs lead 9-4.

T-9 Craig brooks back for more: Pop-fly (short), K, FO-7.

Final Score: Cubs 9, Angels 4

Cubs’ Offense: 12 for 34 (.353); 4 for 12 (333) with RISP.

Next Game: Tonight, 8:05 PM: Cubs at A’s.

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