Hendricks goes distance as Cubs top Phils

May 28th, 2016

CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks got all the run support he needed early, and the right-hander posted his second career complete game in the Cubs' 4-1 victory Saturday over the Phillies in front of 41,555 at Wrigley Field.
"I didn't want him coming out of that game," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Hendricks, who went the distance for the first time since May 21, 2015, when he did so against the Padres.
It was the second complete game by a Cub this season; Jake Arrieta did so when he no-hit the Reds on April 21. Hendricks is 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five home starts this year.

"He was in total command of his pitches," Cubs catcher Miguel Montero said.
Hendricks' near-shutout shows rotation's depth
Hendricks has been the odd man out, ranking second lowest in the National League in run support average entering the game. The Cubs were averaging 5.7 runs per game, second in the Majors behind the Red Sox, but apparently not on the days he pitches. On Saturday, Hendricks struck out six and scattered five hits, including a fluke double by Freddy Galvis to lead off the ninth that dropped in front of Jason Heyward in right. Galvis scored on a fielder's choice when Ryan Howard struck out.
"Jason was trying to yell for [Ben Zobrist] to go get it, and I think 'Zo' thought he was yelling, 'I got it,'" Maddon said of Galvis' hit. "It was an impossible moment."

Leading off the bottom of the first, Dexter Fowler homered off Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff, who also served up RBI doubles to Zobrist and Heyward. Eickhoff, who gave up four runs over six innings and took the loss, also hasn't gotten much offensive support. He struck out seven and issued one walk.

"I feel like we took pitches we should have hit and we swung at pitches we shouldn't have swung at," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "I thought [Hendricks] gave us just enough -- not a lot -- but just enough pitches out over the plate, and we didn't capitalize."
Mackanin irked by Phils' offensive approach
You go, we go: Fowler notched his 16th career leadoff home run and second this season when he launched a 3-1 pitch from Eickhoff into the left-field bleachers. Heyward doubled and two outs later, scored on Zobrist's double, which extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Heyward added an RBI double in the second. At that point, the Cubs had four extra-base hits in the first two innings and nine in the series. The Phillies had one.

Picked off: The Phillies had their momentum stopped early after Odubel Herrera led off the game with a bunt single. Instead of giving the Phillies an early baserunner, Herrera got picked off when Hendricks threw over to first and Rizzo applied a quick tag. The Phillies didn't mount much of a scoring threat again until the ninth, and that's how it has gone lately. Philadelphia has scored a combined 22 runs in their past eight games, going 2-6 in that span.

"He was going -- they've got some really fast guys," Maddon said. "Kyle does do a good job, and you saw it. He'll hold the ball and throw it accurately. Don't underestimate the importance of the tag. If you don't slap it down there, the inning is different."
Blinded by the light: Hendricks was in line for his second career shutout going into the ninth when Galvis lofted the ball to right. Heyward said he couldn't see it, and yelled for Zobrist to get it. But their protocol is that if Heyward says something, it means he's got it. But he didn't, and the ball dropped between the pair.

"We did everything exactly how we would do it, Zo and I," Heyward said. "If he hears me, then usually it's my ball. Right there, my other instincts took over. As soon as the ball went up I knew there was no chance -- it was right in the sun. I was yelling his name as loud as I could. He was thinking I said something, so I won the ball."
Stealing home ... sort of: After his double, Galvis advanced to third on a Maikel Franco groundout, and with the Cubs shifting on Ryan Howard, was able to get a huge lead. Howard struck out swinging on a changeup in the dirt, and as Montero gathered the ball and threw to second to put out Howard, Galvis broke home and scored. Galvis was originally credited with a stolen base, but the scoring was changed to a fielder's choice.

"Made my whole day," Mackanin said. "Burnt the shutout. I like to see a guy like that playing with that kind of energy." More >
"He's got one error, and he's making every play there is. If he's not the best shortstop in the league, I'd like to see the guy that's playing as consistent defense as he is." -- Mackanin, on Galvis' defense

Phillies: Vince Velasquez starts the series finale against the Cubs on Sunday at 2:20 p.m. ET. Velasquez is coming off his shortest outing, leaving after four-plus innings and surrendering three runs in a no-decision against the Tigers.
Cubs:John Lackey will close this series Sunday, making his 10th start of the season. He's coming off a solid outing against the Cardinals in which he gave up three run over seven innings. He's 3-4 with a 3.13 ERA in seven career starts vs. the Phillies. First pitch at Wrigley Field will be 1:20 p.m. CT.
Watch every out-of-market regular-season game live on MLB.TV.