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NLDS Game 2: Kyle Hendricks exits after being struck by line drive

NLDS Game 2: Kyle Hendricks exits after being struck by line drive

Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein guaranteed something would go wrong for the Cubs this postseason.

Their foresight was realized in the fourth inning of Game 2 of the National League Division Series as Cy Young candidate Kyle Hendricks walked off the mound after being struck by a 94 mph line drive.

Hendricks appeared to have been hit in the right forearm by Angel Pagan's comebacker.

Maddon and Cubs trainers jogged out to the mound to check on Hendricks, whose first warm-up pitch sailed way wide of the plate. 

Hendricks tried a couple more warm-up pitches to test out his arm, then had a long chat with the Cubs coaching staff before dejectedly walking into the clubhouse after only 52 pitches.

After a breakthrough season that saw him pace the NL in ERA, Hendricks earned the No. 2 role in the Cubs postseason rotation, ahead of 2015 NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta.

Before he departed, Hendricks had allowed two runs on four hits (including Pagan's comebacker) through 3.2 innings. The Cubs had a 4-2 lead at the time.

The Cubs announced Hendricks was being checked for a right forearm contusion, but X-rays came back negative.

Travis Wood came on to relive Hendricks and promptly struck the first batter he faced out before crushing a homer in the bottom of the fourth to extend the Cubs' lead.

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: