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A combination of nearly flawless pitching and timely hitting rounded out the Hero podium on Tuesday night, snapping a five-game losing streak in the process.

If ever there was a need for a big night, Hendricks' night was definitely up there.
If ever there was a need for a big night, Hendricks' night was definitely up there.
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Fun Fact: The Cubs are now 3-0 in games that ended in a 1-0 score this season.  In the past three years, they were a combined 3-8 in the same situation.

Graphs for Game 75 (courtesy of Fangraphs):

Game 75 Chart 2015

Stats for Game 75:

Pitcher

IP

H

HR

ER

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

K Hendricks

6

3

0

0

1

6

0.91

.333

J Motte

1

0

0

0

0

1

2.3

.162

P Strop

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.73

.122

H Rondon

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.37

.097

Total

9

3

0

0

1

9

1.17

.713

Batter

AB

R

H

HR

RBI

BB

SO

pLI

WPA

M Szczur

4

0

2

0

1

0

1

1.2

.199

K Bryant

2

1

1

0

0

2

0

0.84

.099

C Coghlan

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.25

-.006

D Fowler

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0.74

-.025

S Castro

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

1.62

-.033

D Ross

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1.15

-.046

A Rizzo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.72

-.066

A Russell

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.01

-.071

K Hendricks

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.49

-.115

C Denorfia

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

1.84

-.149

Total

30

1

4

0

1

5

8

1.15

-.213

Writer's Note: The daily selections of the three Heroes and three Goats are based solely on the top three and bottom three WPA scores for the game. The selections are not based on my subjective opinion.

THE THREE HEROES:

  • Superhero - Kyle Hendricks (.333). Talk about a much-needed bounceback to end what had been a rough June.
  • Hero - Matt Szczur (.199). Obviously the double to drive in the game's only run is what got him here.
  • Sidekick - Jason Motte (.162). Put an exclamation point on three perfect innings from the bullpen.

THE THREE GOATS:

For the first time in 20 games there was a bump on the Goat podium as Hendricks' -.115 hitting was moved out.  It's the 15th time this season that there has been a Goat podium bump compared to one bump on the Hero podium.

  • Billy Goat - Chris Denorfia (-.149). Had a golden opportunity in the third with the bases loaded, but popped out to shallow center to end the inning.
  • Goat - Addison Russell (-.071). He's now taken the second stair on the Goat podium in four of the last five games.
  • Kid - Anthony Rizzo (-.066). A pretty uneventful 0-for-4 night.
RANKINGS THROUGH GAME 75 ("x" indicates player not on active roster):

Lots of movement in the middle on Tuesday night as three of the six podium winners move within two points above or below the zero mark on the plus/minus chart.

Heroes

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Anthony Rizzo

10

17

2

66

Kris Bryant

7

7

6

41

Dexter Fowler

6

3

7

31

Starlin Castro

3

6

7

28

Miguel Montero

5.5

5.5

0

27.5

Addison Russell

5

2.5

5.5

25.5

Jake Arrieta

6.5

2

0.5

24

Chris Coghlan

6

0

5

23

Jason Hammel

5

2

0

19

x-Jorge Soler

2

6

1

19

Hector Rondon

0

6

3.5

15.5

Jon Lester

4

0

1

13

Kyle Hendricks

3

0

2

11

Travis Wood

1

2

2.5

9.5

Pedro Strop

1

0

6.5

9.5

Matt Szczur

2

1

1

9

x-Zac Rosscup

2

0

3

9

Jonathan Herrera

1

2

1

8

James Russell

0

3

1.5

7.5

Jason Motte

0

1

5

7

x-Kyle Schwarber

2

0

0

6

x-Junior Lake

1

1

1

6

Chris Denorfia

0

1

3.5

5.5

Justin Grimm

0

1

3.5

5.5

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

1

1

0

5

x-Brian Schlitter

0

2

1

5

x-Phil Coke

1

0

0.5

3.5

Edwin Jackson

0

1

1

3

x-Welington Castillo

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

1

0

2

Mike Baxter

0

0

1.5

1.5

David Ross

0

0

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

0

0

1

1

Goats

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

Starlin Castro

7

5

9

40

x-Jorge Soler

4

8

4

32

Dexter Fowler

4

5.5

6.5

29.5

Chris Coghlan

2

7

8

28

Kris Bryant

4

5

5

27

Addison Russell

1

9

6

27

Anthony Rizzo

2

7

3

23

Miguel Montero

2

5

5

21

Kyle Hendricks

5

1

0

17

Pedro Strop

5

1

0

17

Jon Lester

5

0

1

16

Jason Hammel

3

3

0

15

Hector Rondon

4

1

0

14

Jake Arrieta

4

0

1

13

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

4

0

0

12

x-Zac Rosscup

3

1

1

12

Justin Grimm

0

4

3

11

David Ross

0

3.5

3.5

10.5

x-Brian Schlitter

3

0

1

10

Travis Wood

2

1

2

10

Edwin Jackson

2

1

0

8

Jason Motte

1

2

0

7

x-Welington Castillo

1

1

2

7

James Russell

1

1

0

5

x-Junior Lake

1

0

2

5

Chris Denorfia

1

0

2

5

Matt Szczur

0

1

3

5

x-Mike Olt

1

0

1

4

Donn Roach

1

0

0

3

Mike Baxter

1

0

0

3

x-Gonzalez Germen

1

0

0

3

x-Phil Coke

0

1

1

3

Jonathan Herrera

0

0

3

3

x-Kyle Schwarber

0

1

0

2

x-Arismendy Alcantara

0

0

1

1

Neil Ramirez

0

0

1

1

Overall

Hero

Goat

+/-

Anthony Rizzo

66

23

43

Kris Bryant

41

27

14

Jake Arrieta

24

13

11

Miguel Montero

27.5

21

6.5

Jonathan Herrera

8

3

5

Jason Hammel

19

15

4

Matt Szczur

9

5

4

x-Kyle Schwarber

6

2

4

James Russell

7.5

5

2.5

Dexter Fowler

31

29.5

1.5

Hector Rondon

15.5

14

1.5

x-Junior Lake

6

5

1

x-Arismendy Alcantara

2

1

1

x-Yoervis Medina

1

0

1

Chris Denorfia

5.5

5

0.5

x-Phil Coke

3.5

3

0.5

Jason Motte

7

7

0

Travis Wood

9.5

10

-0.5

Neil Ramirez

0

1

-1

Addison Russell

25.5

27

-1.5

Mike Baxter

1.5

3

-1.5

Jon Lester

13

16

-3

x-Zac Rosscup

9

12

-3

Donn Roach

0

3

-3

x-Gonzalez Germen

0

3

-3

x-Mike Olt

0

4

-4

Chris Coghlan

23

28

-5

x-Brian Schlitter

5

10

-5

Edwin Jackson

3

8

-5

x-Welington Castillo

2

7

-5

Justin Grimm

5.5

11

-5.5

Kyle Hendricks

11

17

-6

x-Tsuyoshi Wada

5

12

-7

Pedro Strop

9.5

17

-7.5

David Ross

1

10.5

-9.5

Starlin Castro

28

40

-12

x-Jorge Soler

19

32

-13