Hendricks Stars in Cubs Win Over the Dodgers – Cubs 8, Dodgers 2

Game One Hundred-Eight: Cubs 8, Dodgers 2

WP – Kyle Hendricks (2-1) LP – Dan Haren (8-9) Save – None

wflag-pub2014Kyle Hendricks returned to Los Angeles and beat his hometown team Friday night. Hendricks limited the Dodgers to two runs, one earned, on four hits while collecting two hits of his own and driving in a run. The Cubs outhit the Dodgers 13-4 and used two big innings to take the first game of the series on a strange night at Dodger Stadium.

Kyle Hendricks was very, very good after a rough first inning. Hendricks surrendered a run in the first inning before he settled in and shutdown the Dodgers offense for the last six innings of his outing. Hendricks gave up just four hits and two of the four did not leave the infield. Hendricks kept the Dodgers off balance all night and ended up being charged with two runs, one earned, on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Hendricks threw 107 pitches, 67 for strikes, in seven innings.

Friday night was Kyle Hendricks’ third straight quality start.

And not only did Hendricks do his job on the mound, but he also delivered at the plate. Kyle Hendricks collected his first big league hit in the second inning off Dan Haren, a single to center. Hendricks drove in a run in the fifth with an infield single. Hendricks was 2-for-3 with a RBI and a sacrifice bunt.

Justin Grimm and Blake Parker set down the Dodgers in order in the eighth and ninth innings.

PrintLuis Valbuena (2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI) tied the game at one in the second inning with his ninth home run of the season. The Cubs scored three runs in the third inning on a single by Ryan Sweeney (2-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored), a throwing error by Matt Kemp that allowed Starlin Castro (3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored) to trot in and Sweeney scored on a wild pitch.

The Cubs put the game away in the fifth inning with three more runs. Welington Castillo (1-for-3 with a RBI and two walks) just missed a grand slam and had to settle for a long, RBI single. Nate Schierholtz hit a sac fly that plated Castro and Hendricks’ single off Chris Perez’s leg drove in Ryan Sweeney. And Valbuena singled in Castro in the sixth with the Cubs’ eighth run of the night.

Chris Coghlan (2-for-5 with a stolen base) was also part of the hit parade.

The Cubs pounded out 13 hits, three for extra bases, and finished the night 6-for-14 with RISP and left nine men on base.

It was a long, strange game Friday night at Dodger Stadium. There were four reviews and sloppy play in the field from both teams.

With Friday’s victory, the Cubs improved to 46-62 on the season.

The Cubs managed a one-out Chris Coghlan single in the first inning, but that was all against Dan Haren. And Dee Gordon made his presence known in the home half.

Kyle Hendricks fell behind Gordon and he ripped a 3-2 pitch back up the middle that hit off of Hendricks’ left calf and bounced to Castro. The speedy Gordon ended up at first and stole second with Puig in the batter’s box. Yasiel Puig grounded out to short for the first out. With Adrian Gonzalez at the plate, Gordon swiped third. Hendricks walked Gonzalez and put runners on the corners with one out. Hanley Ramirez hit a roller toward the hole at short. Castro fielded the ball cleanly but his throw to second was 10 feet off the mark on the inside of the bag. The ball sailed into right field and Gordon scored easily. Schierholtz picked up the ball and threw to Rizzo. For some reason Gonzalez was sent home, and it was the right call. Gonzalez beat the throw but slid over the plate. Castillo applied the tag and Gonzalez was called out. Don Mattingly challenged the call, but the it was upheld and Ramirez was at second base with two outs. Carl Crawford tapped back to the mound to end the inning. Kyle Hendricks needed 20 pitches, 11 for strikes, to complete his first inning on Friday night.

After one complete, the Cubs trailed 1-0.

Luis Valbuena led off the second and launched his ninth homer over the wall in right … and just like that the game was tied at one. Sweeney grounded out to second and Welington Castillo walked. After Schierholtz popped out to third base, Kyle Hendricks singled to center for his first big league hit. With runners on first and second with two down, Alcantara struck out swinging to end the inning.

Kyle Hendricks retired the Dodgers in order in the second. Hendricks threw 33 pitches, 19 for strikes, in two innings and after two complete, the game was tied at one.

Chris Coghlan struck out swinging for the first out in the third inning. Anthony Rizzo followed with a double to right and held when Castro reached on an infield single to third. With Rizzo at second and Castro at first, Valbuena struck out swinging. But Ryan Sweeney pulled a 3-2 pitch into right. Rizzo scored and gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Matt Kemp’s throw from right skipped past Turner and ended up in the Dodgers’ dugout. Castro was sent home, 3-1 Cubs, and Sweeney advanced to third on the throwing error. With Castillo at the plate, Haren uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Sweeney to scamper in to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead. Castillo walked before Schierholtz flied out to left (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.

Kyle Hendricks retired the Dodgers in order in the third thanks to Nate Schierholtz and Rick Renteria challenging the call on the field. Haren hit a grounder into right. Schierholtz charged in and threw a strike to Rizzo at first. Rizzo could not find the bag at first and Haren was called safe. Upon further review, Rizzo found the bag before Haren touched it. Hendricks threw only 38 pitches, 23 for strikes, in the first three innings.

After three complete, the Cubs led 4-1.

Dan Haren plunked Anthony Rizzo to start the fifth. Starlin Castro followed with a single to center. After Luis Valbuena flied out to center, Ryan Sweeney singled to right center. Gary Jones wisely held Rizzo at third to load the bases because Puig threw a strike to A.J. Ellis that would have nailed Rizzo . Don Mattingly decided that was enough for Haren and went to his pen for Chris Perez. Welington Castillo launched a 1-0 pitch from Perez to deep center. Puig raced back, which froze the runners. Castillo just missed a slam and ended up with a long, RBI single and the Cubs took a 5-1 lead. Schierholtz lifted Perez’s first pitch into center, Castro tagged and scored and the Cubs went up by a score of 6-1. Kyle Hendricks stepped in and a wild pitch moved the runners up ninety feet. Hendricks grounded a 3-2 pitch back up the middle that hit off Perez’s leg and rolled toward third. Turner had no play, Sweeney scored and the Cubs took a 7-1 lead. Alcantara flied out to deep left center to end the inning.

Kyle Hendricks set down the Dodgers in order in the fifth … 66 pitches, 43 for strikes, for Hendricks after five innings.

The Cubs had a 7-1 lead after five innings.

Paul Maholm replaced Perez for the sixth inning and retired Coghlan and Rizzo, thanks to replay, for the first two outs. Starlin Castro pulled a 2-2 pitch to deep left. The ball one-hopped the wall and Castro ended up at second with a two-out double. Luis Valbuena singled to left, Castro scored and the Cubs took an 8-1 lead. Sweeney flied out to center for the third out.

Kyle Hendricks retired Gordon on a flyout to left for the first out. Yasiel Puig reached on an infield single to short. Starlin Castro backed up on the hard hit grounder and the extra second was all Puig needed to beat out the throw for a hit. Scott Van Slyke tapped one in front of the plate. Castillo picked the ball up and threw to second, but his throw was wide of the bag. With Puig at second and Van Slyke at first, Hanley Ramirez pulled a 3-1 down the third baseline. Valbuena fielded the ball and threw to second to force Van Slyke. Alcantara tried to complete the double play, but he had no shot and Puig ran through the stop sign at third. Rizzo made a strong throw home. Puig somehow avoided Castillo’s tag … and was called safe. Renteria challenged the call, but the call on the field was upheld and the Cubs lead was cut to 8-2. Crawford tapped back to the mound to end the inning. Hendricks threw 95 pitches, 58 for strikes, in six innings.

After six innings, the Cubs led 8-2.

And that is the way the game ended. Kyle Hendricks retired the last three batters he faced in the seventh. Justin Grimm and Blake Parker pitched two perfect innings to close out the game.

Tsuyoshi Wada and Hyun-Jin Ryu square off in game two on Saturday night (8:05pm CDT).

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  • stu_studdly

    A short background on me. I live in Cincinnati, always have. Eric Davis was my favorite player as a kid, I sent an autograph request letter with his Topps rookie card in 1985. I got a typed response a few weeks later with no card saying “Eric Davis does not sign autographs thru the mail”… They kept my card!!!! That made me, an eight year old, really mad!!!! The Reds played the Cubs that night. Jody Davis hit a fly ball to Eric and Eric dove and missed it. Jody became that 8 year olds favorite player and the Cubs became my team. Here I am at age 37. I go to Cubsfest, visit Wrigley when I can (over 90 times in my life (but Cubs are 0-9 my last few visits), and I’ve been to Daytona, the Smokies, and Kane County (want to go to Iowa soon). I even switched to satellite just so I can DVR every Cubs game on the baseball package. I’m around 43,000 on season ticket waiting list. I am without a doubt, a die hard.
    Friends, we are close. I predict 2015 is near .500. 2016 we are annual contenders. I only introduce myself because I’ve posted very minimally but I’ve decided I will begin posting regularly. My work schedule will only allow me to post after the game is over but I want to let you know who I am. This is me, CUBS WIN TONIGHT, God Bless, and the future is bright!!!!!!!
    PS Boardrider, You rock and I love your dedication. Neil, Great site, I’ve followed for years, and it’s time I comment regularly. Because I watch the games on DVR my comments will be late. I love you all and although we aren’t in it, I wish for a Cubs win every night. We should consider a cubsonline.com gathering at a location during Cubs fest. Not sure if its been mentioned before but it would be a good time to be with people who think I’m right with everything I say!!!!

    • Jim Canavan

      Wow. Great story Stu. I agree 100% about 2015 and beyond 2016.

    • Tony_H

      Great post Stu!!

      • Larry Schwimmer

        Tony: Could you clarify a point of fact? Personally, I think there’s no point in calling up players like Baez this season IF it starts their pay clock and forces the CUBS to pay them more money…sooner. But if a player like Baez is called up (e.g.) in September (when rosters expand) would that be a way to avoid that concern? Please educate me on how that works.

        What’s your opinion on bringing players up this season vs. waiting until 2015 (if it causes the CUBS to begin their pay clock?)

        Also, am I correct: If the CUBS have a player like Bryant play in Spring Training and then send him back to Triple AAA and then re-call him in late April or early May…is that a way to avoid starting the “Pay Clock” on a player? Thank you

        • Tony_H

          Here is the link to Neil’s transaction glossar.


          There is a lot of information and over the years I feel like I understand it well, yet I still go back to this part of the CCO website to review and re-read. It’s complicated to say the least, yet sometimes it is pretty straight forward.

          Here is the info on service time.
          Service Time

          A player earns Major League service time for each day he spends on the active (25-man) roster or on the Major League 15-day or 60-day disabled lists. A player also continues to earn service time while serving any disciplinary suspension or serving in the military.

          Under the CBA, one year of service time is defined as 172 days. A player may earn p to 172 days of Major league service time during a championship season (regular season), which generally last 183 calendar days. If a player is sent to the minor leagues on an optional assignment for a total of less than 20 days during a season, he received service time for an entire season.

          Simply put, if you are on the 25 man roster you get service time. (DL time counts if you were on the 25 man roster when you got hurt)

          To gain a year an extra year of control you need to keep a player down until late April of a year. So if you bring them up for September, that makes it late May. But, if you plan to have that player start the year on the 25 man roster, there is no harm in bringing a guy up, except if they are not on the 40 man roster, you have to add them to the 40 man roster, which could cause a team to lose another player in the Rule V draft.

          To keep a player from Super 2 status, generally you bring them up in mid to late June. Super 2 status is a moving target. Here is Neil’s info from the link above.
          Super Two

          A player with almost three years of Major League service time may become eligible for arbitration. To qualify as a Super Two, a player must have at least two years of service time, but less than three and have accumulated at least 86 days of service time in the previous year and rank in the top 22 percent (22%) of all two-year players in service time.

          Read over the link and understand it will take time and actually seeing situations where they come into play to understand how it works.

        • Tony_H

          As far as my opinion, I don’t think there is a one way fits all answer. Bryant and Baez are in the same situation, yet I think Baez needs to come up now and Bryant needs to be held out until Opening Day next year at least, but actually end of April makes the most sense to gain an extra year with him. He is not very likely to sign a team friendly contract. Baez I think needs to come up now to get adjusted and to challenge him to work this off-season to stay in the majors. But, the only reason it makes sense is he will sign an extension. He will jump at the chance to take care of his family and his future family.

          I hope this answers your question.

          • Larry Schwimmer

            Thanks Tony! You are one of the most knowledgable people on this site, so I have a lot of respect for your opinion.

          • Tony_H

            Thanks, I appreciate that!

          • Tony_H

            Also, Larry, I learned most everything from Neil. He answered many questions from me and clarified the rules for me many times.

            Not only the link I already gave you but his 40 man roster tab is full of information.


          • SuzyS

            Tony, while I agree with your reasoning…there’s another possibility. The Cubs might keep Baez down at AAA for the season. Imagine if they bring him up this year and he suffers the same start he had to AAA. Much akin to bringing Jackson and Vitters aup a few years ago…and Rizzo’s first go round with the Padre’s.
            I think Hoyer will be extremely cautious this season in how he handles the call ups.

          • Tony_H

            I believe he will struggle and have streaks of very good. That is the reason for doing it now, versus next year, when I think he should be the Opening Day 2B.

            If he struggles enough, then he goes back to Iowa as Rizzo did and come back up in late May, late June.

    • mutantbeast

      Congrats , Stu and glad to have you in the fraternity. I might have one minor disagreement. Give the Cubs 2 decent starters in 2015 and I beleive they are a playoff team. I happen to beleive Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler, in particular, are stars in the making. Javy might have to struggle a bit, but I beleive he too, will eventually b ecome at least a solid major leaguer, if not better.

      • BigJonLilJon

        Agreed. Don’t sleep on Soler… if he can stay healthy, he will be a beast.

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

      Thanks a bunch Stu! I’ve had same thought about gathering.

      In 4th grade I did same thing with 2 cards to Andre Dawson. Just a long letter to my favorite player and 2 baseball cards for signature. I got them both back signed! And he or his wife or someone addressed the envelope, I didn’t even send a self addressed one! Don’t know what I was thinking there. No note back from him, which is fine,just an envelope with my two cards, signed!

      Needless to say he’s still my all- time favorite.

    • John_CC

      I like the introduction, well done and nice to meet you.

    • SuzyS

      Welcome Stu!!!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thank you very much. I look forward to you posting more.

  • mutantbeast

    Boy, after last night, Im thrilled the Cubs didnt end up with Dan Haren 2 years ago. Just isnt the same guy from 4-5 years ago. OTOH, Hendricks looks like he might just be a quality piece. So far hes making the Dempster trade look lopsided.

  • Craig York

    How about vitters? I see he homered again, do you guys think he may get one more look maybe in September?

    • Tony_H

      I doubt it. 204/263/336/602 is just not very good, now factor in PCL and he will likely be removed from the 40 man before the Rule V draft.

      • John_CC

        I hadn’t considered that but it would be an easy way to rid themselves of the former 1st round pick without letting him go. He’d be picked just on age and former status don’t you think?

        • Tony_H

          He won’t go into the Rule V, he will just be DFA. But someone will take a flyer on him. The timing will be based on needing roster spots before the draft to protect guys like CJ Edwards, Pineyro, Jokisch, McKirahan, Lopez, etc. I think they will need at least 5 spots this year for these guys and some more that are borderline.

          • chuckleberry74

            Lesser players have gone in the Rule V and stuck with their teams….Ryan Flaherty comes to mind. Plucked by the Orioles from the Cubs, he’s a decent fielding, buffoon-at-the-plate guy who must have some dirt on Buck Showalter. Vitters is a better player, I promise. I bet the Cubs leave Vitters unprotected.

          • Tony_H

            Vitters will not be in the Rule V draft. They can’t just choose to unprotect him. They will have to DFA him to remove him from the 40 man roster and he would go through waivers and most likley be taken by another team.

            Flaherty is a good example of the Rule V draft and is proving that he was better left unprotected.

          • chuckleberry74

            Through the research process for my intrepid reporting, I failed to notice Vitters was on the 40-man. My bad.

  • chuckleberry74

    With 54 games left for the Cubs, if we go 54-0 we’d end up with 100 wins and most certanly win the division. hehe

  • paulcatanese

    As bad as the Dodgers looked, and they looked bad (Hendricks fault) the worse part of the game was the Challenge system, that did nothing but delay the game, and that adds to an already long night.
    Something has to be corrected, while its great to get things right, the time lapse between the play and the actual challenge should be addressed. Managers wait too long to hear from their own visual people to even begin to start the process.
    Its necessary to have the idea, but needs to be streamlined to be time effective.