The Minnesota Twins came to Wrigley Field this weekend as the Chicago Cubs closed out their 2020 home schedule. Below are the results:
- Friday, September 18th: Cubs 1, Twins 0
- Saturday, September 19th: Twins 8, Cubs 1
- Sunday, September 20th: Twins 4, Cubs 0
Class In Session
Kyle Hendricks is the most overlooked pitcher in all of baseball.
The man continues to dazzle time and time again. The results were no different on Friday night. Hendricks struck out ten batters and allowed just three hits in eight innings of shutout baseball. The Professor lowered his ERA to 2.93 on the season with this marvelous outing.
Jeremy Jeffress came in to close the door in the ninth inning behind marvelous defensive work from the Cubs.
The 7th Inning...Yuck
Alec Mills pitched six innings of solid baseball on Saturday, but the seventh inning did not follow suit.
It started off with a leadoff home run by Miguel Sano and from there the carousel just went round and round. The Twins broke open the game, scoring five runs in the seventh inning off Mills and the Cubs bullpen.
There isn't much more to say about this game, it sucked.
The Bats Go Silent...Again
Stop me if you've heard this one before: the Chicago Cubs struggled to get the offense going on Sunday night.
A narrative that has been the same for a few years now continued in front of a national ESPN audience at Wrigley Field.
Yu Darvish most likely lost a close Cy Young race on Sunday, allowing a season-high four runs and nine hits. The race is too close for any margin of error, especially with a week left in the season.
Kyle Schwarber was pulled from the game in the second inning for unconfirmed reasons. It was clear after the game that Ross was sending a message for the lackluster effort from Schwarber on the defensive side of the ball.
The Cubs mustered up just four hits on Sunday and capped off the series with a 15-inning scoreless streak.
What's On Tap Next?
The Cubs kick off the final week of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates — just what the doctor ordered for a struggling offense. Here are the probably starting pitching matchups:
- Monday, September 21st: Jon Lester vs. JT Brubaker
- Tuesday, September 22nd: TBD vs. Steven Brault
- Wednesday, September 23rd: Kyle Hendricks vs. Trevor Williams
- Thursday, September 24th: Alec Mills vs. Chad Kuhl
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