MESA, Ariz. -- Kristopher Bryant made the most of his first spring home run, hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning, and Kyle Hendricks picked up where he left off to lift the Cubs to a 9-3 victory on Saturday over the Dodgers.Hendricks, who led the Major Leagues with
MESA, Ariz. -- Kristopher Bryant made the most of his first spring home run, hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning, and Kyle Hendricks picked up where he left off to lift the Cubs to a 9-3 victory on Saturday over the Dodgers.
Hendricks, who led the Major Leagues with a 2.13 ERA last season, threw 16 pitches over two innings in his first spring outing. He gave up a leadoff single to Kiké Hernandez in the second, but Alvin Toles then hit into a double play on the first pitch.
"It felt short," Hendricks said of his quick outing. "It just felt good to get back in that environment with the fans and everything going on."
The Cubs gave Hendricks a 2-0 lead in the second. With one out against Kenta Maeda, Jonathan Jay singled and then scored on Jeimer Candelario's triple. Candelario, who also hit a double and single, then scored on shortstop Hernandez's errant relay throw.
Maeda, making his second spring outing, was lifted after giving up two hits and walking one, while striking out two over two innings.
"I had better feel for my pitches this time around," said Maeda, in his second Major League Spring Training. "My body feels good. I know the rhythm now. Last year I wasn't sure exactly what to do. This year is easier."
Andre Ethier singled to open the Dodgers fourth against Brett Anderson, and scored on Chase Utley's double. Utley reached third on shortstop Addison Russell's errant throw home and scored on Joc Pederson's single to tie the game at 2.
The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth against Brock Stewart, and Jason Heyward drew a walk on four pitches to force in a run and take a 3-2 lead. Bryant then cleared them with his home run, a line drive over the left field fence, to go ahead, 7-2.
Dodgers Up Next:Julio Urias makes his second start of the spring against Seattle at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Although management had hinted that Urias might begin the season in extended spring training, he now appears to be preparing to open the season in the rotation. Watch the game live on MLB.TV.
Cubs Up Next:Jonathan Lester, named the Cubs' Opening Day starter, will make his first spring appearance on Sunday when the Cubs travel to Surprise, Ariz., to face the Rangers. Lester led the Cubs last season with 19 wins and finished second in the NL Cy Young voting. Watch the game live on MLB.TV.First pitch will be 2:05 p.m. CT. New closer Wade Davis and reliever Koji Uehara also are scheduled to make their first spring outings.
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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.