Hendricks goes 9; Rizzo HRs, sanitizes; Cubs beat Brew 3-0

CHICAGO — Kyle Hendricks completed a three-hitter after new supervisor David Ross gave him yet another batter, Anthony Rizzo homered and dished out hand sanitizer, and the Chicago Cubs began the season by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-Zero on Friday night time.

Ian Happ linked for a two-run drive and Ross bought his first victory in his debut as an enormous league skipper, making all the best strikes in entrance of a largely empty Wrigley Field for the opener of a pandemic-shortened 60-game season.

Showing off an improved curveball, Hendricks struck out 9 and walked none in his first profession opening-day begin and fourth profession shutout.

“That was fun to watch,” Ross mentioned. “I mean now you know why he’s a guy that you slot into the opening-day starter role.”

Orlando Arcia had every of Milwaukee’s hits off Hendricks (1-0). After he singled with two out within the third for the Brewers’ first baserunner, he accepted a splash of sanitizer from a smiling Rizzo at first and cleaned off his fingers.

“It surprised me, too,” Arcia mentioned by way of an interpreter. “I wasn’t prepared. I didn’t think he was going to do that.”

Rizzo mentioned he bought the concept whereas hanging out with some mates.

“We were all talking about it and all just started to laugh,” Rizzo mentioned. “Kind of forgot about it and then the other day I remember it.”

Ross got here out to test on Hendricks with two out and a runner on first within the ninth. He instructed the right-hander he had yet another hitter, and Keston Hiura bounced right into a game-ending fielder’s selection on Hendricks’ 103rd pitch.

It was the primary full recreation for a Cubs pitcher on opening day since Bill Bonham beat the Phillies 2-Zero on April 9, 1974.

“Just being back out there with the guys, it was so much fun,” Hendricks mentioned. “Playing for something, you definitely felt the energy in the dugout was way different for us.”

One of Chicago’s elevated practice traces rumbled within the distance because the NL Central rivals renewed acquaintances three months after they have been scheduled to start the season at Miller Park. Normally, the sound of the Red Line is drowned out by 30,000-plus followers, however there was solely a handful of individuals at Wrigley due to the coronavirus pandemic — making for a handful of bizarre scenes.

Cubs left-hander Jon Lester watched the beginning of the sport from the bleachers in left subject. Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, who is often greeted by vociferous boos when he involves Chicago, performed in relative silence all night time lengthy.

Even with the stands empty, Jason Heyward carried a Chicago flag when he ran out to proper subject for the beginning of the sport.

“There is no point when it’s not strange without fans. There’s really not,” Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell mentioned. “That’s not an excuse by any means, but it’s strange without fans.”

Milwaukee right-hander Brandon Woodruff allowed 4 hits in 5 innings in his first profession opening-day begin. Woodruff (0-1), who made the All-Star group final 12 months for the primary time, struck out 5 and walked one.

“That was a good sign for me, give up the big hit and then I was able to go out there and execute some pitches through those couple innings, and I felt fine to go out for another but my pitch count was up,” Woodruff mentioned. “I just need to take the positives from tonight and move on.”

Woodruff’s solely tough patch occurred within the third, when Nico Hoerner singled with one out and Happ adopted with a deep drive to heart. Happ additionally homered on opening day in 2018.

Rizzo linked within the eighth towards J.P. Feyereisen, sending a shot over the wall in proper towards the Wisconsin native in his main league debut.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: Braun (again) bought the beginning because the designated hitter and went Zero for 3. Counsell mentioned Braun went by way of a full exercise Thursday. “I think he needed to feel good after yesterday and he reported feeling better than he did the day before,” Counsell mentioned. “That’s a good sign.”

Cubs: Rizzo was within the beginning lineup after coping with again hassle throughout summer season camp. … Kris Bryant bought the beginning at third after he was scratched from Wednesday’s exhibition recreation towards Minnesota as a result of again stiffness.

UP NEXT

Corbin Burnes and Yu Darvish take the mound when the collection resumes Saturday afternoon. Burnes is making his fifth profession begin after spending a lot of his first two seasons in Milwaukee’s bullpen. Darvish completed sturdy final 12 months, posting a 2.76 ERA over his last 13 begins with Chicago.

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