On Monday, May 9th, Kyle Hendricks dominated one of the top teams in baseball.

At that moment, the Cubs were struggling, and the San Diego Padres were hitting their stride.

The Padres sat 19-10 and second in National League West. The Cubs had a 9-18 record and just got swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kyle Hendricks threw 8.2 innings of shutout ball in a 6-0 victory over the Padres.

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In the game, Hendricks allowed three hits, only one walk, and got seven strikeouts. Hendricks threw 116 pitches in the performance, the most in a game since 2016. He threw 80 of the 116 pitches for a strike, commanding the zone exceptionally. Hendricks only allowed two hits to the Padres’ top hitters Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer, who are top-five in batting average this season.

The start is a huge confidence booster for both the Cubs and Hendricks, who came into the season as the team’s #1 guy. Hendricks was very close to going the distance, but a walk in the 9th forced head coach David Ross to pull him.

He was one out short. “You never really want to come out no matter when it is,” Hendricks said. “I also didn’t realize how high my pitch count was so it’s just good to see some of the results from the good pitches.”

Hendricks took the momentum from his last start, hurling another quality start against the Arizona Diamondbacks.Β 

On Saturday, Hendricks threw 5.2 innings, allowing five hits and one earned run. Hendricks walked and struck out two batters. Although Hendricks didn’t qualify for the win, he lowered his season ERA to 4.03. Hendricks had a high pitch count throughout the game. Through three innings, he threw 63 pitches and 94 overall.

The Cubs continue to face the easier stretch of the schedule, facing the Diamondbacks one more time in Arizona, three against the Pittsburgh Pirates, four at Wrigley against the Dbacks, and then four against the Cincinnati Reds.

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