Hendricks' five-hit gem powers Cubs past Padres
SAN DIEGO -- Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Kyle Hendricks threw his first career complete game and shutout Thursday as the Cubs defeated the Padres, 3-0, before a crowd of 30,021 at Petco Park.
"When you pitch like that, you'll win a lot of baseball games," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "He was in command of himself, in command of the game. It was really fun to watch."
Bryant's home run, his fifth of the season, came off Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne. The right-hander (2-3) allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Hendricks (1-1) allowed five singles with no walks and seven strikeouts. The previous longest outing of Hendricks' career was eight innings last Aug. 7 against the Rockies.
In Hendricks' second Cactus League outing this spring, Bryant bashed two home runs.
"Once he hit that one, I was all right," Hendricks said. "I felt comfortable from there. I thought, 'OK, it's going to be one of those days.'"
The Cubs (23-17) took two of three games from the Padres (20-22).
"The Cubs shut us down," said Padres manager Bud Black. "Four runs, two runs, no runs."
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Blast off: Bryant and Russell's homers were Nos. 58 and 59 off Padres pitching this season, most in the Major Leagues. The Cubs now have hit 39 total, with Anthony Rizzo leading the team with eight. Bryant paces the team with 27 RBIs.
Welcome back: Bryant said he never played at Petco Park during his three years at the University of San Diego, but he made up for that with his first-inning homer. The blast helped the rookie extend his hitting streak to 10 games. It was good timing. Bryant's parents, Mike and Susie, were at the ballpark for the three-game series along with the third baseman's agent, Scott Boras.
"That's what [assistant hitting coach Eric] Hinske was telling me -- 'You don't leave San Diego without a home run,'" Bryant said.
Swing and miss: On Tuesday, the Padres struck out 10 times against the Cubs. On Wednesday, it was a season-high 15 strikeouts. They didn't quite get that far in the series finale against, though they did strike out seven times, including Matt Kemp, who struck out twice.
"We can't hang our heads. We've got a big road [trip] coming up, we'll be facing good pitching. We should be used to it by now." -- Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks, on the team's seventh shutout and their impending six-game road trip to face the Dodgers and Angels.
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Everyone wants to get off to a fast start, right? Despaigne hasn't been able to do that at all this season. He allowed the two-run home run to Bryant in the first inning and has now allowed 10 earned runs in the first inning of games in 2015 (five innings total). That's an 18.00 ERA, by the way.
"I had one pitch that caused all the damage," Despaigne said through an interpreter.
Cubs: Jon Lester will make his first start at Chase Field to open the Cubs' three-game series against the D-backs. Lester has faced Arizona twice in Interleague play during his past life with the Red Sox, but both of those games were at Fenway Park. Lester is 4-0 in four May starts. First pitch is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. CT.
Padres: On Friday, the Padres will be in Los Angeles to begin a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. Andrew Cashner (1-7, 3.24 ERA) makes his second start against the Dodgers this season. He allowed three home runs to Adrian Gonzalez in his first start there on April 8.
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