The National League Divisional Series Game One was nothing short of amazing. That was one amazing pitchers duel which saw the Chicago Cubs outlast the San Francisco Giants in a 1-0 game thanks to a solo blast in the eighth inning. That game was all about the pitchers fantastic arms. Johnny Cueto and Jon Lester both pitched a gem, with Lester being slightly better. Then of course Aroldis Chapman slams the door shut for the save and Cubs win.
Game two was all about the pitchers as well, but not because of their arms… well for Kyle Hendricks the game was about his arm thanks to an Angel Pagan liner. Thankfully, Hendricks is okay and was lifted for precautionary reasons after his right forearm tightened up on him. But the story is not about what he did with his pitching arm, or what happened to his pitching arm more so than what he did with the bat.
In the second inning, Hendricks stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs. With one swing, he would connect for a two run single, which would turn out to be the winning runs making the score 4-2 in favor of the Cubs.
Not to be outdone, Travis Wood did something that he will not ever shut up about. After replacing Hendricks on the mound in the 4th inning, Wood would hit a homerun that would give the Cubs a 5-2 lead. Entering his final year of team control for the Cubs, many people forget that Wood was actually the second player Theo Epstein and the rest of the reconstructed Cubs front office traded for.
For those keeping track, the Cubs pitching staff were responsible for driving in three runs, while the entire Giants offense only drove in two.
So yeah, for the second game in a row, the NLDS game was all about the pitchers. Game three will be in San Francisco and will feature Jake Arrieta going for the Cubs and Madison Bumgarner for the Giants. Something tells me game three will be all about the pitchers as well.