Friday, May 3, 2019


Kyle Hendricks was masterful Friday as he pitched a complete game shutout on only 81 pitches, 18 of which were balls.  He credited Willson Contreras with realizing that the Birds were swinging early, something the battery was able to exploit as Hendricks struck out only three but got loads of soft contact that kept his defense busy.  Great plays were made by Javy Baez, Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward, Kris Bryant, and a few by Anthony Rizzo who also clubbed a three run shot as he continued his hot streak.

That would be more than enough for the Professor as class was definitely in session.  It was the first time in ten years that a Cubs pitcher had thrown a Maddux (complete game shutout under 100 pitches) with the last one being twirled by Carlos Zambrano.

Yu Darvish will square off against Michael Wacha today at 3:05 CST.

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