On Monday night in Busch Stadium, Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks came within three outs of a no-hitter against the rival Cardinals (CHC 4, STL 1). However, to lead off the ninth, Cards outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker got an 0-2 changeup from Hendricks and ...
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Still, on this night Hendricks permitted the Cardinals just two walks. He also struck out seven over 8.0 innings and lowered his majors-leading ERA to 2.03. His ERA in the second half is an especially sparkling 1.33.
Taking the long view, Hendricks' gem helped the Cubs drop their magic number to three. As for the Cardinals, they lost for the fourth time in six games and still trail the Mets by a half-game for the second and final NL wild-card berth.