Chicago Sun-Times - - CUBSBEAT - — Gor­don Wittenmyer

Noth­ing free

Kyle Hen­dricks pitched an­other 4⅔ in­nings with­out a walk, giv­ing him 13⅔ in­nings with­out a free pass. He has 14 strike­outs. “That’s a big fo­cus for me,” he said. “That means my fast­ball com­mand [ is there]. My fast­ball com­mand was much bet­ter [ than the last start].”

Surg­ing Szczur

Out of con­tract op­tions and bat­tling for what might be the fi­nal ros­ter spot, out­fielder Matt Szczur had a huge game. He went 3- for- 4 with a homer to left in the eighth and had a long run­ning catch at the wall to end the fourth and strand two run­ners. He also reached on a bunt sin­gle lead­ing off the fourth. He took sec­ond on a throw­ing er­ror on the play, ad­vanced to third on a fly ball to cen­ter and scored on an­other fly to cen­ter. Over­all, he’s 12- for31 (. 387) with the homer, two triples and a dou­ble.

La Stella bat­tling

In­fielder Tommy La Stella— Szczur’s com­pe­ti­tion for the last spot if the Cubs keep 13 pitch­ers, as ex­pected— started at third base. He made a pair of sharp plays, in­clud­ing a div­ing stop to his left and the throw for the out, but he also waived at a hot grounder a foot to his left that was ruled a sin­gle and drove in a run. Bat­ting be­hind Szczur, La Stella fol­lowed Szczur’s homer with a dou­ble off the wall in the op­po­site- field gap. He went 1- for- 4 and is 5- for- 22 over­all.

Sch­war­ber in left

Lead­off slug­ger Kyle Sch­war­ber sin­gled home a run in the third. The work- in- progress left fielder also made a run­ning bas­ket catch of a fly ball to the gap in the fourth.

On deck

Day off Tues­day. Wed­nes­day: Cubs at Reds, Goodyear, 8: 05 p. m., CSN, 670- AM, Ryan Wil­liams vs. Scott Feld­man.

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