Chicago Cubs' Kyle Hendricks handcuffs Philadelphia Phillies

By Jack McCarthy, The Sports Xchange
Chicago Cubs' Kyle Hendricks handcuffs Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago Cubs starting pitchers Kyle Hendricks. Photo by Jim Prisching/UPI | License Photo

CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks' objective was to keep things simple on Saturday.

The Chicago Cubs' right-hander worked efficiently, kept the counts low while pitching a five-hitter, striking out seven and walking none in a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field.


"I've been having some higher pitch counts lately and this team's really aggressive," said Hendricks (3-4). "So we went into the game with a game plan ... to attack enough and keep the pitch count down.

"Just tried to keep it simple, hitting spots and it worked out."

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Hendricks, who threw 104 pitches including 65 for strikes, recorded his second career complete game and first since a 3-0 victory over San Diego on May 21, 2015.

The Cubs (33-14) earned their fourth straight win and 11th series victory of the season. The Phillies (26-23) dropped their second straight and fourth in five games.


Dexter Fowler homered while Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist each collected RBI doubles for Chicago.

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The Phillies broke up the shutout in the ninth, when Freddy Galvis hit a bloop double, advanced to third on Maikel Franco's grounder and stole home on a throw to first on a dropped third strike.

"A little unusual, that happens," Hendricks said. "It was a good heads-up play, what are you going to do? I can only control what I can control and I'm happy about that."

Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (2-7) pitched six innings before being replaced by Andrew Bailey. Eickhoff gave up four runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out seven.

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Eickoff also didn't get much offensive support.

"I don't want to take anything away from Hendricks because he's a damn good pitcher and I like him a lot," Phillies manager Pete Mackinin said. "But I feel like we took pitches we should have hit and we swung at pitches we shouldn't have swung at.

"I thought he gave us just enough -- not a lot -- but just enough pitches out over the plate and we didn't capitalize."


The Cubs jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first when Dexter Fowler sent a 3-and-1 pitch into the left field bleachers for a leadoff home run.

Heyward followed with a double to right, advanced to third on a sacrifice and scored when Zobrist extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-out double to left.

Heyward struck again in the second with a two-out double over the head of left fielder David Lough.

Addison Russell scored from second to make it 3-0, but Hendricks' attempt come around from first was thwarted when Lough recovered and relayed a throw to the plate to catch Hendricks.

Eickhoff settled down after the rocky start, allowing only one base runner -- hitting Anthony Rizzo with a pitch -- over the next three innings.

But Eickhoff then got into a jam in the sixth, loading the bases with one out. Miguel Montero's grounder to first brought home Kris Bryant for a 4-0 lead, but Eickhoff escaped anything worse when Russell flied out to end the inning.

The Phillies dropped to 5-10 against Central Division opponents this season.

NOTES: Phillies SS Freddy Galvis has cleaned up his defensive act with a 44-game errorless streak. He had eight errors through his first 47 games at the position last year. ... Philadelphia has fared better against teams above .500 (15-13) than below (11-10). ... Mondays remain the worst day of the week for the Phillies this season at 0-6. ... After reaching the 100-home run milestone on Friday, Cubs C David Ross is one away from 300 career RBIs. ... The series wraps up at 1:20 p.m. CT Sunday, when the Phillies send RHP Vince Velasquez (5-1, 2.75 ERA) against Cubs RHP John Lackey (4-2, 3.38 ERA). ... Both teams spend Memorial Day at home, as the Cubs host the Dodgers while the Phillies entertain the Nationals.


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