Tagged: Kyle Hendricks

#Cubs extra bases for Sun 4/19

* The Cubs are one of three teams that has not dropped at least two straight games this season (also Red Sox and Tigers).

* Cubs batters are averaging 3.95 pitches per plate appearance thus far, most in the NL and fourth-highest in MLB behind the Red Sox (4.18), Rays (4.13) and Yankees (4.04).

* The Cubs have swiped 12 stolen bases, tied with the Reds for the most in the NL and tied for second-most in MLB.

* The Cubs have won at six of their first 10 games for the first time since starting out 6-4 (and 7-4) in 2009.

Notes from Saturday’s 7-6, 11-inning win:

* Miguel Montero hit his first two homers as a Cub, with the first opening a 3-2 lead in the sixth. It was his fifth-career multi-homer game and first since Aug. 14, 2010, at Washington with the D-Backs. Montero joins Jorge Soler (April 13 vs. Cincinnati) as the only two Cubs to blast multiple homers in game this season.

* Kyle Hendricks did not get a decision but did notch a quality start. He gave up two runs on three hits, striking out a career-high eight hitters over six innings. The Cubs are now 8-1 when Hendricks tosses six innings or more. Hendricks served up Matt Kemp’s homer in the first, then retired 14 in a row.

* Kris Bryant recorded his first-career hit and RBI with a run-scoring single in the fifth. He’s the first Cub since at least 1914 to draw three walks in a game within his first two career games.

* Starlin Castro recorded his fourth-career walk-off with a RBI single in the 11th. He has hit safely in six of seven games (.321/9-for-28) at Wrigley this season. His three hits Saturday were a season high.

Looking ahead:

The Cubs open a four-game series against the Pirates on Monday. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 1.98) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.25)
Tuesday: LHP Travis Wood (1-1, 2.31) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (0-1, 2.08)
Wednesday: RHP Jason Hammel (1-0, 5.11) vs. RHP Vance Worley (1-1, 5.84)
Thursday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.10) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (2-0, 1.93)

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs lineup Sat 4/18

This spring, Kyle Hendricks used to joke that Kris Bryant only homered in his starts. Bryant connected in other games as well, but that could make Saturday’s game at Wrigley Field interesting. Will Bryant come through for Hendricks? First pitch is 1:20 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup vs. the Padres:

Fowler CF

Soler RF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Coghlan LF

Castro SS

Montero C

Hendricks P

Herrera 2B

#Cubs lineups for Tuesday 3/24

The Cubs will play two games on Tuesday, beginning with a “B” game at Sloan Park in Mesa against the Diamondbacks. The game is open to the public. Then, Edwin Jackson and the rest of the squad faces the A’s at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. Here are the lineups:

* B Game vs Diamondbacks

Alcantara LF

Szczur CF

Olt 3B

Ross C

Baxter 1B

Bruno 2B

Herrera SS

Silva RF

Hendricks P

* Cubs vs. Athletics

Fowler CF

Lake LF

Soler RF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Baez 2B

Russell SS

Jackson P

3/14 Cubs 3, Athletics 1

Kris Bryant shrugged off a sore shoulder to treat his hometown fans to two home runs while Kyle Hendricks was perfect over five innings for the Cubs.

Scratched from the starting lineup, Bryant belted a pinch-hit two-run homer with two outs in the third inning off the first pitch he saw and then cranked a leadoff shot in the sixth to lead the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Athletics.

The Cubs’ top prospect, Bryant did not start as a precautionary measure because of right shoulder fatigue. He took over as the designated hitter in the third inning, subbing for Anthony Rizzo, and crushed an opposite field home run off the first pitch from Oakland starter Jesse Hahn.

“Just tip my cap to Bryant on that one,” Hahn said. “He came off the bench cold, hadn’t taken a swing all game, and I thought I located a good fastball down and away, and he just went out there and got it.”

“I was running around the bases smiling and having a good time,” said Bryant, who was 0-for-4 Friday in the Cubs first game at Cashman Field.

Bryant then launched a 2-2 pitch from Evan Scribner over the left-center field wall leading off the sixth. He now leads the Major Leagues with six spring home runs.

His first homer accounted for the only runs off Hahn, who struck out three in 3 1/3 innings in his second spring start.

Hendricks, making his first spring start, retired all 15 batters faced, throwing 54 pitches, 40 for strikes in an efficient outing. The right-hander, projected as the Cubs fourth starter, struck out three over five innings. He was only scheduled to go three innings but because of his low pitch count, he could go deeper in the game.

Hendricks, Joseph Ortiz and Jorge De Leon did not allow a hit or a walk over seven innings, and Matt Olson ended the perfect game with a leadoff double in the eighth off Armando Rivero. Tyler Landendorf singled and Olson scored on Max Muncy’s sacrifice fly.

Hendricks was just as amazed as the 10,375 fans at Cashman Field who watched Bryant continue his home run show.

“I’d rather hit two home runs any day than pitch five perfect, I know that,” Hendricks said. “I’ll take what I did.”

* Up next: Travis Wood, competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, will make his third spring start on Sunday when the Cubs play host to the Reds at Sloan Park in Mesa. So far, Wood has given up two earned runs on seven hits over five innings, and all of those hits and runs came against the Indians March 10. The Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto. The game will be broadcast on WGN TV and also WBBM radio. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. MT/3:05 p.m. CT.

— Carrie Muskat

3/9 Padres 6, Cubs 3

Will Middlebrooks belted a three-run homer and Yonder Alonso added a solo shot to back Andrew Cashner and lead the Padres to a 6-3 victory Monday over the Cubs, who are still seeking their first Cactus League win. In his second spring start, the Padres’ Andrew Cashner, who was the Cubs’ first-round pick in the 2008 Draft, struck out three and walked one over three innings.

San Diego batted around in the second against Chicago’s Edwin Jackson. Derek Norris reached on a fielding error by shortstop Starlin Castro to start the inning and moved up on Jackson’s throwing error as he fielded Yonder Alonso’s comebacker, but instead of turning a double play, he bounced his throw to Castro covering at second. One out later, Middlebrooks launched a 2-2 pitch to left for his first spring home run and a 3-0 lead. Alexi Amarista added a two-out RBI single.

“It was my fault,” Jackson said of the error. “You get in the game and you get your first hit of real adrenaline and you speed it up a little bit on a play where you have plenty of time to take an extra step and make a good throw to second base.”

Jackson, battling for the fifth starter spot, threw eight pitches in the first, but needed 27 to get through the second. Kyle Hendricks, projected as the fourth starter, had a much cleaner outing, striking out one over two innings. Hendricks isn’t taking anything for granted.

“I don’t really think I know I have a spot,” Hendricks said. “I know what [manager Joe] Maddon has said but I’ve said it before, you never know what can happen. Honestly, I don’t think about that at all. I try to come out here and focus on what I have to do on the mound.”

Mike Olt and Miguel Montero each homered for the Cubs.

* Up next: Travis Wood makes his second spring start on Tuesday when the Cubs travel to Goodyear to face the Indians. First pitch will be 1:05 p.m. MT/3:05 p.m. CT. In his first start, struck out two of the six batters he faced. An All-Star in 2013, Wood is battling for the fifth starter spot in the Cubs rotation.

3/3 Hendricks aiming for 200

No one said anything to Kyle Hendricks but the right-hander did get the news that he is slotted into the No. 4 spot in the Cubs rotation. Now, he has to get to work to keep it. Joe Maddon indicated Monday that Hendricks would follow Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel in the rotation, although the manager did caution that things can change. Hendricks knows that.

“It’s exciting and I thank [Maddon] for his support of me and the work I’m doing here,” Hendricks said Tuesday. “But Spring Training is really long and nothing is ever set in stone. You never know until you break camp and I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully it will stand up in the end.”

Hendricks, 25, was impressive last season, posting a 7-2 record and 2.46 ERA in 13 starts with the Cubs. He totaled 102 2/3 innings at Triple-A Iowa and another 80 1/3 innings in the big leagues. His goal this season is to reach 200 innings.

“That’s one of the biggest goals I have for myself is consistency, No. 1, but then eating up innings,” he said. “That’s something I pride myself on is staying in ballgames and giving my team a chance to win. I think with the number I threw last year, 200 shouldn’t be out of the question for me.”

Hendricks, who will make his first Cactus League appearance Monday against the Padres, said there’s a different vibe in Cubs camp because of Maddon.

“Joe’s been awesome,” Hendricks said. “He’s been very laid back, it’s a very accountable kind of camp. You do your work, do what you need to do, and he’s not going to get in your way. One of the interesting things he said was as a team we need to learn how to make the playoffs and how to play in the playoffs for the first time before we can be there for multiple years. That’s a goal he’s laid out for us to be a playoff contender for consecutive years.”

— Carrie Muskat

11/11 Congrats to Kyle Hendricks

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks received two third place votes in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom won the award, followed by the Reds’ Billy Hamilton and the Cardinals’ Kolton Wong. Hendricks was 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA in 13 starts for the Cubs this season.

— Carrie Muskat