Chicago and St. Louis now have matching 57-50 records entering their series finale Thursday. Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks earned the win on the hill in the 2-0 win Wednesday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. He allowed seven hits and had seven strikeouts in seven scoreless innings for the Cubs.
The Cubs and Cardinals were scoreless through five innings before Chicago headed to the plate in the top of the sixth frame. Willson Contreras flew out to leadoff the innings before Kris Bryant reached first base on a fielding error. Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas walked Anthony Rizzo in the next exchange, before getting Javier Baez to line out for the second out of the inning.
Then Ian Happ stepped up to the plate. The Cubs outfielder smacked a 1-2 slider from Mikolas for a ground ball single to right field, plating Bryant for the first run of the game. Chicago added its second run in the eighth inning when the Cardinals had a throwing error while trying to catch Baez stealing third base.
The Cubs and Cardinals wrap up the division series at 7:15 p.m. EDT Thursday in St. Louis.