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Cubs Pitcher Kyle Hendricks Throws Gem to End Skid, Seiya Suzuki Exits

Hendricks stays on track, throws gem to snap Cubs' skid originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

After the Cubs’ Sunday night loss to the Dodgers, manager David Ross said, “We’ve got Kyle [Hendricks] going tomorrow. We’re excited about that.”

Hendricks delivered in Monday’s series opener against the Padres, throwing a near-complete game as the Cubs snapped their five-game losing streak with a 6-0 win.

Hendricks held the Padres to three hits and a walk in 8 2/3 innings while striking out seven. He threw 116 pitches, his most this season and most since Aug. 1, 2016 (123).

It's the fourth quality start of the season by the Cubs' rotation, which entered Monday 28th in that category, and 27th in both ERA and innings.

Hendricks has traditionally been a slow starter in his career and had an up-and-down April, from his seven shutout innings against the Pirates to a pair of rough outings against Pittsburgh and the Brewers.

He said his last start against the White Sox was “more on track” and was strong out of the gates Monday, needing only 11 pitches in 1-2-3 first inning. 

The Cubs’ offense provided Hendricks with plenty of support with their most runs since scoring six in an April 27 win over the Braves.

Seiya Suzuki, who got the Cubs on the board early with an RBI double in the first inning, exited the game in the sixth with right ankle soreness. 

Cubs manager David Ross told reporters in San Diego Suzuki's is day-to-day and the ankle issue happened when Suzuki attempted to beat out a double play in the fifth.

Willson Contreras continued his hot stretch, going 3-for-4 out of the leadoff spot. Over his last 12 games, Contreras is hitting .340 with a .412 on-base percentage.

The Cubs and Padres meet again Tuesday night, when Wade Miley is scheduled to make his Cubs debut.

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