Ryan Dempster

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks’ 88 pitches were just about perfect

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks’ 88 pitches were just about perfect

For 42,000 screaming people inside Wrigley Field, the many thousands in the engorged area and millions of Chicago Cubs fans worldwide, Game 6 of the 2016 National League Championship Series was the most important game the franchise had played in decades.

For Kyle Hendricks, it was his 33rd start of the 2016 season.

“The outside forces felt different,” Hendricks said. “You felt the buzz around the stadium, definitely the energy. It was loud in there. But, at the end of the day, I didn’t feel much different. All I was trying to do was simplify and make good pitches.”

He made many. The lanky, stoic right-hander threw 88 nearly perfect pitches...

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