Game Forty – Cubs 3, Padres 0
WP – Kyle Hendricks (1-1) LP – Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3) Save – None
Kris Bryant launched a two-run homer in the first inning. Addison Russell smacked a solo shot in the seventh. And Kyle Hendricks completed the first shut out of his career as the Cubs took the series and season finale from the Padres on Thursday night.
The Cubs are now 8-2 in their last 10 games after taking two of three from the Padres.
Kyle Hendricks put together the best start of his young career and for one night silenced not only his critics but also the San Diego Padres.
Hendricks tossed the Cubs’ first complete game of the season and he went the distance for the first time in his career. Hendricks dominated the Padres for nine innings. There was very little hard contact. Hendricks worked extremely well with Miguel Montero and appeared to be ready to throw the next pitch as soon as he got the ball back. Hendricks pitched with a confidence Thursday he had been missing all season.
Kyle Hendricks kept the Padres off balance for the entire nine innings and allowed only five hits, all singles. Hendricks retired the leadoff hitter in eight of the nine innings. Hendricks had excellent command. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven on 108 pitches, 71 for strikes.
Kyle Hendricks set the tone early after Kris Bryant gave him a couple of runs in the first inning. Hendricks pounded the strike zone for nine innings in a game that lasted only two hours and eight minutes.
Kris Bryant and Addison Russell supplied all of the runs for the Cubs on Thursday night.
After Dexter Fowler (0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored) walked to start the game, Kris Bryant (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run homer to center.
Kris Bryant crushed the second pitch from Odrisamer Despaigne and sent the 0-1 offering over the center field wall.
The Cubs put runners on base in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings but could not push another run across the plate as the 0-for-RISP drought continued.
Addison Russell (2-for-4 with a home run) gave the Cubs a much needed insurance run in the seventh inning. Russell hit a big fly over the wall in left and his third longball of the season gave Hendricks a 3-0 lead.
The Cubs managed only seven hits and two walks on the night. Starlin Castro (2-for-4), Miguel Montero (1-for-4) and Chris Coghlan (1-for-4) also collected hits.
The Cubs won the series in San Diego, two games to one, and finished the season series against the Padres with a 3-3 record.
With Thursday win, Maddon got Meat Loaf and the Cubs improved to 23-17 on the season.
The Cubs open a three-game series Friday night (8:40pm CDT) in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks. Jon Lester is scheduled to face Josh Collmenter in game one.