The Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks came 3 outs within no-hitting the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night before giving up a leadoff home run in the ninth inning to Jeremy Hazelbaker. The Cubs held on for a 4-1 victory at Busch Stadium.
Hendricks walked two and struck out seven while trying to complete the 296th no-hitter in major league history and the second one this season by a Cubs pitcher. Teammate Jake Arrieta no-hit the Reds on April 21, and there have been none since.
Aroldis Chapman came in to relieve Hendricks after the dinger and got the save.
Hendricks’ near no-no marked the 32nd to reach at least the 7th inning this season but fail.