Kyle Hendricks, Ian Happ power Chicago Cubs past Detroit Tigers

May 16, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (28) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning at Comerica Park on Armed Forces Weekend. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Hendricks tossed eight-plus strong innings and Ian Happ homered to lift the visiting Chicago Cubs to a 5-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Hendricks (3-4) scattered eight hits and walked none while striking out a season-high eight batters.

Happ had three hits, scored twice and knocked in two more runs. Matt Duffy also scored two runs and David Bote added an RBI double for the Cubs, who won two contests of the three-game series.

Detroit’s Matthew Boyd (2-4) gave up five runs (four earned) while striking out eight in six innings. Harold Castro led the offense with two hits and scored the Tigers’ lone run.

The Tigers had two baserunners in the first inning but Hendricks got out of the jam as Nomar Mazara tapped into a double play.

The Cubs got on the board in the third inning as Happ slapped a one-out single and Willson Contreras walked. Kris Bryant then hit a bouncer to second, which forced Contreras at second but the Tigers couldn’t turn a double play. Happ kept running and scored after first baseman Jonathan Schoop threw wildly to home plate.

Chicago made it 2-0 in the fourth inning. Duffy was hit by a pitch before Boyd retired the next two batters but Nico Hoerner reached on an error. Happ then hit a blooper that dropped in shallow center field as Duffy scored.

The Cubs extended the lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning. Duffy reached on an infield single and Bote then ripped an RBI double down the left-field line and advanced to third on the throw home.

One out later, Hoerner brought home Bote with a sacrifice fly. Happ followed with an opposite-field blast for his third homer of the season.

Hendricks was removed in the ninth inning after giving up back-to-back singles to Castro and Miguel Cabrera.

With Dan Winkler in the game, Mazara hit into a fielder’s choice. Schoop then bounced into what was originally called a game-ending double play. Upon review, it was determined Schoop was safe at first, ending the shutout bid.

Winkler struck out Nico Goodrum to finish off Chicago’s victory.

–Field Level Media