Reds have kyle’s num­ber again

Chicago Sun-Times - - CUBS BEAT - Russell Dorsey

The Reds have been a nui­sance for Cubs right-han­der Kyle Hen­dricks in his ca­reer, and that has car­ried over into the 2020 sea­son.

Hen­dricks again didn’t have an an­swer for them in a 6-5 loss Fri­day in Cincin­nati as the Cubs dropped the first game of the sec­ond half of their sea­son.

Af­ter be­ing staked to a 2-0 lead on home runs by An­thony Rizzo and Kyle Sch­war­ber in the first in­ning, Hen­dricks yielded a homer of his own to Eu­ge­nio Suarez in the sec­ond.

‘‘Phys­i­cally, I felt fine,’’ Hen­dricks said. ‘‘Just dis­ap­point­ing. Just not in a good spot right now. Just not mak­ing enough good pitches. I re­ally just need bet­ter in gen­eral for my guys and to keep us in the game.’’

The Reds took the lead by scor­ing twice in the fourth on a ty­ing homer by Jesse Winker and a go-ahead sin­gle by Matt David­son.

Hen­dricks looked to have fig­ured things out in the fifth, get­ting two quick outs. But they quickly got out of hand af­ter a sin­gle by Nick Castel­lanos and a dou­ble by Winker put run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion.

Hen­dricks fol­low­ing by jam­ming Suarez, who made just enough con­tact to flare the ball into the out­field and drive in two more runs for a 5-2 lead.

‘‘It’s one of two things right now,’’ Hen­dricks said. ‘‘I’m either a lit­tle too pre­dictable, so when I do make a good pitch, they’re kind of on it. That was prob­a­bly the case there. Or I’m just not get­ting away with the bad pitches that I make. I’m mak­ing too many bad pitches. Just gotta re­assess.’’

‘‘I thought that they did a good job beat­ing some shifts,’’ man­ager David Ross said of the Reds. ‘‘Hit­ting the ball to the other side . . . . The ball that fell for the two runs was big. I thought they worked hard. Got some knocks to fall and popped some homers. I don’t think the re­sults that [Hen­dricks] got were in­dica­tive of how he was pitch­ing.’’

Hen­dricks al­lowed five runs and 10 hits, struck out six and walked none in six in­nings. He has a 9.58 ERA in two starts against the Reds this sea­son and a 2.36 ERA in his other five starts.

The Cubs’ of­fense looked as though it was go­ing to have a big night af­ter Rizzo and Sch­war­ber home­red in the first, but things cooled off quickly as Reds starter Tyler Mahle set­tled down and dom­i­nated the lineup, strik­ing out a sea­son-high 11 in 6‰ in­nings.

The Cubs man­aged only three hits in eight in­nings be­fore get­ting three more in the ninth, in­clud­ing back-to-back homers from Will­son Contreras and Ja­son Hey­ward.

The Cubs scored three runs in the ninth for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game be­fore the rally fell short again. ✶

KIRK IR­WIN/GETTY IM­AGES

Cubs starter Kyle Hen­dricks took the loss af­ter yield­ing five runs and 10 hits in six in­nings Fri­day against the Reds in Cincin­nati.

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