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Cub Tracks Experienced Hendricks

And what an experience it was. If 6 were nine, that 2-out, ninth-inning run wouldn't have scored. Still, 4-1 isn't bad.

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The happy box score of Kyle Hendricks' complete-game victory.

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Stand up next to a mountain.

  • Patrick Mooney (CSN Chicago*): Jed Hoyer on how Cubs were built and where they go from here. Talks about Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber...
  • Ryan Davis (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): Backups to the backups: The Cubs' angels in the (Iowa) outfield. "Who would the Cubs have called up to take his spot, had Heyward required a long stay on the disabled list?"
  • Steve Greenberg (Chicago Sun-Times): First-place problems: Cubs are losing more one-run games than most. The Cubs are the team that can’t be blown out.
  • Bruce Levine ((CBS Chicago): Kris Bryant is the man for all positions with the Cubs. Yes. He'll be running the front office next, and also the draft. Really it was Bryant’s first big league start at first base. He was okay.

Room full of mirrors.

  • Chris Emma (CBS Chicago): David Ross will remember his 100th home run. The Cubs catcher will have special memories of the personal milestone, including a brief curtain call. "How about that," Ross said after the Cubs’ 6-2 win over the Phillies. "I’m not used to those. That was fun."
  • John Jackson (ESPN*): Hitting his 100th home run special for David Ross, Cubs. "I think my favorite part was rounding second base and looking in the dugout," Ross said.
  • Bruce Miles (Daily Herald): Andy MacPhail: 2003 NLCS changed course of Chicago Cubs. "Up three games to one and playing at home, the Cubs were five outs from going to their first World Series since 1945."
  • CBS Chicago: Jed Hoyer: Cubs are always looking to add pitching help, hitting, not so much. Includes interview with Mully and Hanley. [AUDIO]
  • Joe Maddon on Kyle Hendricks' lack of run support. [VIDEO]

Hear my train a'-comin'.

  • Tony Andracki (CSN Chicago): Jorge Soler's power shines through rainy Cubs victory. "I would've been pleased on any given Par 5 to hit that particular drive," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "
  • Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Jorge Soler getting timing right, needs to turn thrill ride into a roller coaster. "...many things need to line up in order to strike a baseball and have it land in or out of the field of play for a hit."
  • Carrie Muskat ( Joe Maddon praises 'consummate pro' Ben Zobrist. "He's the consummate pro," Maddon said of the versatile player who turned 35 Thursday. "You look at that birth certificate -- he's going to be like this for the next couple years in a good way."
  • Michael Cerami (Bleacher Nation): Ben Zobrist's crazy numbers and even crazier peripherals. Since the tenth game of the season, Zobrist has slashed .381/.483/.593 with a 16.4% walk rate that is more than double his 7.5% strikeout rate.
  • Leigh Coridan (Wrigleyville-Baseball Prospectus): The only direction Ben Zobrist sees is up. "It’s pretty amazing seeing a guy turn thirty-five continuing to get better, doing it the right way," said Theo Epstein.
  • Michael Dwojak (Chicago Tribune): Julianna Zobrist on the Cubs, walk-up songs, six-day rule.
  • Sydney Hunte (Garnet & Black Attack): A review of Bears WR Alshon Jeffrey's rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the stretch on Saturday, from his college team's site: "The Cubs did end up winning the game, 4-1, to move to 1-0 when Alshon sings "Take Me Out To the Ballgame". Take that stat for what it's worth."

Food for thought: