Pregame Notes: Cubs look for sweep behind Kyle Hendricks


The Chicago Cubs will look to complete a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night, while also looking to extend a scoreless streak on behalf of Cubs’ pitchers that stretches back to the final three innings of Sunday’s loss to the Pirates.

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Chicago (67-84) will look to rookie right-hander Kyle Hendricks (6-2, 2.38 ERA) in Wednesday’s finale. Hendricks is coming off one of his worst starts of the year, in which he allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. That marked the first time he had allowed that many runs since his July 10 big league debut against Cincinnati and just the second time in his 11 starts he’s been hit that hard.

After a scheduled night off on Tuesday, Anthony Rizzo will be back in the Chicago lineup for the finale. For the rest of the season, the plan, according to skipper Ricky Renteria, is to play their young first baseman every other day.

Cincinnati (71-81) counters with a rookie of their own in Daniel Corcino (0-5, 5.19 ERA), who tossed six innings of two-hit, two-run ball against the Brewers last Friday. Wednesday’s start marks just his second of the year for the Reds.

Tonight’s game is slated for a 7:05 p.m. CT start at the Friendly Confines. CSN Chicago has the television coverage while WGN-AM 720 will carry the game over the airwaves.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups.