Cubs pocket book: Kyle Hendricks bounces again


Kyle Hendricks is again — once more.

After a disastrous begin towards the Braves on Sunday through which he allowed 4 first-inning residence runs — the primary pitcher in Cubs historical past to do this — Hendricks was again to his outdated self towards the Brewers on Friday at Wrigley Subject.

The veteran right-hander, given a 6-0 lead after one inning and 10-0 lead after two, allowed two runs on six hits in six innings for his first victory of the season. Hendricks pitched 5 scoreless innings because the Cubs constructed an 11-0 lead earlier than he allowed back-to-back residence runs to Kolten Wong and Billy McKinney within the sixth inning. Hendricks (1-2) dropped his ERA to five.68.

“Somewhat bit higher,” Hendricks mentioned. “There are undoubtedly extra positives to take out of this one. Nonetheless numerous work to do. Nonetheless [getting] some arduous contact, fastballs which might be up, however I not less than made some higher pitches total. I’ve to proceed on that street, get my fastball down extra with motion and simply make higher pitches.”

Hendricks praised the offense and protection — together with a glowing play by shortstop Javy Baez, who made a diving cease of Keston Hiura’s sharply hit ball to his left and glove-flipped to Nico Hoerner at second to start out a double play within the second inning.

“I used to be in a position to work on numerous issues right now simply because we swung it so good and the protection — the play Javy made was unbelievable and [Jason Heyward] operating balls down in proper was superior,” Hendricks mentioned. “They gave me the posh of engaged on some stuff and it helped.”

Rizzo milestone

Anthony Rizzo’s second-inning residence run was his 232nd of his Cubs profession — breaking a tie with Gabby Hartnett for seventh place on the Cubs’ all-time residence run checklist. Aramis Ramirez is sixth with 239.

“It’s actually superb,” mentioned Rizzo, who’s in his tenth season with the Cubs. “This can be a historic franchise. To be seventh, it’s simply loopy. The names … forward of me — I do know just a few of them and it’s simply particular. Taking part in right here and having the followers again and enjoying in entrance of them — you recognize each single day being right here.”

Bits and items

Hoerner went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a stroll in his first begin since being known as up after Joc Pederson was placed on the 10-day IL. … Again-up Austin Romine hit an RBI double within the sixth for his first hit as a Cub. … Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 with a double and is hitting .313 with a 1.041 OPS this season.

Miller on IL

Proper-hander Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day injured checklist with a decrease again pressure. Left-hander Kyle Ryan was known as up from the Cubs’ alternate web site at South Bend. Ryan pitched two scoreless innings in reduction Friday, permitting one hit and one stroll.

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