Hendricks Hung with Loss after Cubs Shutout for the 12th Time on the Season – Cardinals 1, Cubs 0

Game One Hundred-Three: Cubs 0, Cardinals 1

WP – Adam Wainwright (13-5) LP – Kyle Hendricks (1-1) Save – Trevor Rosenthal (32)

Kyle Hendricks made one mistake over 6 1/3 innings and the offense was not able to cash in any of the opportunities they had against Adam Wainwright as the Cubs lost the series finale to the Cardinals. And the Cubs were shutout for the 12th time this season.

Kyle Hendricks pitched a good game, but a wind-blown homer off the bat of Matt Holliday in the first inning ended up being the difference in the game. Holliday lifted a 2-1 pitch into the wind and the ball ended up in the basket just to the right of straight away centerfield. On a day with the wind howling out at the old ballyard, Hendricks limited the Cardinals to one run on seven hits. Hendricks kept the ball down and recorded nine groundball outs. The Cubs defense turned two double plays behind him and he did not walk a batter on Sunday afternoon. Hendricks struck out two batters and threw 94 pitches, 57 for strikes, in 6 1/3 innings.

Kyle Hendricks posted a quality start for the second time in as many outings at Wrigley Field.

Wesley Wright picked up the final two outs in the seventh inning in relief of Hendricks. The Cardinals loaded the bases against Wright, but Mike Matheny let Adam Wainwright hit for himself with the bases loaded and he lined out to Rizzo to the inning.

Pedro Strop faced the minimum in the eighth and Hector Rondon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout.

PrintThe offense managed just two hits through the first four innings and Adam Wainwright faced just one over the minimum through four frames. The Cubs put runners in scoring position in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings but could not push across a run to tie the game. The Cubs faced one of the best starters in the game and could not figure out a way to beat him Sunday.

Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-4), Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4), Welington Castillo (1-for-4 with a double), Chris Coghlan (1-for-3 with a walk) and Luis Valbuena (1-for-4) collected the Cubs six hits. The offense went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.

The Cubs defense turned three more double plays Sunday afternoon, two behind Kyle Hendricks.

With Sunday’s loss (4-12 on Sunday in 2014), the Cubs dropped to 42-62 on the season.

The Cubs open a four-game series against the Rockies at Wrigley Field on Monday night (7:05pm CDT). Tsuyoshi Wada is scheduled to face fellow southpaw Yohan Flande in the opener.

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  • Tom U

    Following a 2-1 loss by Kane County this afternoon, Jaron Madison and Derek Johnson, who are in town this weekend, in formed Gerardo Concecpion that he was promoted to Daytona. Concepcion is the 9th Cougar to move to Daytona this year.

    • BillyFinT

      Concepcion the Cuban high schooler (when signed) is finally coming to fruit… very slowly, but good to see him progress in his own right.

  • cubtex

    What’s the Cubs record since the Samardzija trade?

    • ryjo723

      What was their record with him, and what chance did they have of contending for a championship with him?

    • bpot92

      4-15 I believe. But it’s not like they were exactly doing amazing this year.

      • ryjo723

        Exactly. This team was not going anywhere. The value they received in return exceeded the value of what they gave up.

      • cubtex

        Thanks. You were the only one who could answer a simple question. I was just curious. You are preaching tov the choir. They are definitely not amazing.

        • Tony_H

          I think Neil answered it quite well!

          • cubtex

            Really? I thought I asked what was their record…..not what place they were in. That answer would get an F in the school I went to.

          • Tony_H

            I think he answered it perfectly. Reading right through what you were trying to say and start up with that “question”.

          • cubtex

            I am not following the team daily. I thought it was a simple question but I guess not. Hahaha

          • Tony_H

            We all know that you are not watching and not following what is going on with the team on a daily basis.

          • cubtex

            Ok then. That is why I asked. I got one proper response and I thanked him

          • Tony_H

            Better watch out, you could get told to look it up yourself….

          • cubtex

            Too many adult beverages on the golf course to do that :)

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            And don’t want the cute cart girl to see you messing with a web thread. Might ruin their impression of you as this wealthy, handsome, man of mystery and charm. Right?!

          • cubtex

            C’mon my man. No messing with cell phones on the course :) pet peave of mine. I get on my son for that. No place for texting,twitter etc on the course

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            If one of your harem texts you, you don’t even check from the cart driving to the next hole?

            Cmon ST your sons got a rep to uphold. Those Pom girls and cheerleaders can be impatient!

          • GaryLeeT

            The summer is not too bad because it eliminates the wilting flowers, but where do you find the patience to go out on a Sunday?

          • GaryLeeT

            And what person could be expected to survive that request?

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Haha! ST, give it a rest. We all know what you were getting at. Maybe your curious too, but you are as good at digging up info on the web as anyone. If you can get all those obscure RISP stats for specific situations. It’s safe for us to assume you can find a baseball team’s record.

          • cubtex

            Simple question Rider. That is all it was. It is comical to see the responses. Lol

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            But it wasn’t ST. It wasn’t. Maybe you were curious like I said. But cmon, give me more credit than that ;)

          • John_CC

            You are quite smug aren’t you? Too bad you’re not as clever as you think you are.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      They were in last place.

      • Henry

        Well said!

      • RynoTiger

        but 1st place in my heart

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      ST, it is a good question. But we all know what you are getting at. You do realize by now what they’re trying to do and that our goal is to stack up top prospects since were not in the playoff race?

      I’m pretty sure you realize that. So given that knowledge, nobody is judging that trade by the Cubs record after, at least not until 2016 when Russell either does or doesn’t have an impact. Just thought if point it out. But I know ST already knows this…

    • J Daniel

      Come on Ray, acceptable question but you know that he was not going to re-sign.

      • cubtex

        Of course. This is hilarious. All I asked is their record since the trade. It’s like I was asking for Theo’s social security number. Haha

        • paulcatanese

          And to boot, according to WAR, OBP and the rest of that stuff, wins and losses mean nothing, right? And it made no difference whether Hendricks won that game or not.
          I just wonder when all of those things relate to a division
          championship.
          Funny thing, one team under that scenario can lose 100
          games and one team can win 100, but the team that loses 100 can have the better stats according to the Sabermetrics, but the team that wins can be the worse team. Makes a lot of sense?

          • Tony_H

            The team that wins 100 games will have better sabermetric stats as well.

            At this point in the season, Hendricks outing is more important than today’s outcome. Hendricks’s is looking like a part of the rotation for next year and today’s win wouldn’t have helped the Cubs make the playoffs.

            It does make a lot of sense!!

          • paulcatanese

            The teams and the records were in theory. not fact, it could happen. And it has been stated many times that
            pitchers are not determined on won-loss record. I didn’t say Hendricks pitched badly, simply that won and loss
            doesn’t apply as to how good he was.

          • Tony_H

            Sounds like you are starting to get this concept then.

          • paulcatanese

            Getting it and liking it are two different things. Takes too long to get it all together at once.

        • John_CC

          Not exactly ST. Finding a teams record on any given day is about as simple as finding a weather report.

        • Tony_H

          324-66-maybe I should stop right there!

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  • Steve Baier

    Jorge Soler hit his first AAA home run today. But the I-Cubs were swept in a 5-game home series vs. Memphis.

    • GaryLeeT

      Moral of the story? Pitching matters most.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Man, who would expect Hendricks to give up one run and we lose? Who would just expect him to give up one run? Last start, no runs. And the next two games the Padres scored like 107 on us. The guy is pitching pretty much lights out.

    I think he deserves more respect than he is getting. I don’t see, with what he’s doing, he’s still viewed as at best a 5th starter by some. He may start to blow it and after a few more it may be easier to say that. But take his minor league career, add what he’s done in first 3 starts, and he’s looking like solid 3 at worst. If you looked at his starts in the minors you’d think you were looking at a power pitcher. Just because he only hits 93 or so a few times a game, that’s really enough reason to just discount all the results? Supposedly he added speed this season and he’s got the frame to add more. If he were throwing 95-97 on a regular basis, with his stats and results, we’d all be saying we’ve got a future Cy Young award winner. But because he can currently not hit more than 93 (I read a report where he had hit 94 a few times) many people think he’s a #5 at best? I just don’t understand it. I realize that Theo traded for him so some will hope he fails, but that’s all I can figure.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      And today, Greg Maddux went into the HOF and he never really threw harder than 91 or 92 in his prime. But he was a higher draft choice. And we all know how much that is an accurate indicator of future success in baseball.

    • SirGladiator

      That’s exactly right. Kyle is a lights out pitcher, today is a great example of what he’s been doing for years in the minors. Not much striking people not, not huge velocity, but no walks, and lots of ground balls. That’s how you win ballgames in the big leagues, control. Greg Maddux was the perfect example of that, and this guy is showing all the early signs of being the next Greg Maddux. Obviously there’s a lot of season yet to be played, but his first two starts were against teams with tough offenses, in Wrigley Field, with the wind blowing out, and all he gave up was one wind-blown solo homer in both games combined. Even Greg Maddux himself would’ve happily taken those results :) . As of right now, I don’t think there’s much doubt he’s our #2 pitcher, Jake and Kyle are quite the dynamic duo and there won’t be many teams capable of getting to either one, for about the next decade. That’s a whole lot of wins coming to us once we have an offense capable of consistently scoring runs for them!

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Very true. But I would point out, Hendeicks minor leage average of K/9 is 7.1. He had over just that against Padres and Reds I believe. His change up gives him a K pitch make no mistake.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    How many HR has Addison Russell got now? As a Cub? In what like two weeks?

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      Seen the 2 on Friday. get to go A Smokeys game on the family vacation each year. went the day after Soler was promoted and Fridays game. Like the kid Cutler, never heard of him before this week. Played left and 1st in the 2 days we saw. Scoreboard showed him as a catcher. Got speed and makes contact.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil
      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Thank you sir! I’m a quality over quantity guy and that Shark trade is looking pretty incredible to me. And McKinney! I think he is a seriously overlooked piece in this. Yeah he may not move past AA ball. But he is a stud prospect now and he could easily end up an all-star big leaguer too. If that trade nets is two all star MLB players?!?!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          McKinney entered play today leading the Southern League in RBI since the trade.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I noticed that! And is it true he is te second youngest player at that level? Sheesh! He was practically at prom this time last year!

        • J Daniel

          Board … Think it is going to end up a great trade for the Cubs. Might end up a great trade of A’s as well if they win a Series. Also, it would not surprise me if they move him this winter and recoup some of what they gave up or more. But I think Russell is going to be very good.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            You are exactly right. They wanted short term results and a WS. We want longer term. I hope they get their WS. Always liked Beane and his loyalty to that franchise.

          • paulcatanese

            Saw him today on MLB, he does look great, shame if they move him. Would be a great battle for SS if he comes up in a couple.

        • John_CC

          He was Bean’s first round pick, nothing to scoff at or overlook. It was a brilliant trade!