Kyle Hendricks begins home stand vs Reds following Arrieta’s no-hitter


In case you missed it, Chicago Cubs ace pitcher, Jake Arrieta pitched his first career no-hitter in yesterday’s win against the Los Angeles Dodgers to end their West Coast road trip on a powerful note.

Now, young right-hander Kyle Hendricks will take the mound with this playoff-hopeful club starting a crucial home stand starting with the Cincinnati Reds.

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Hendricks (6-6, 4.11 ERA) started August off with a bang-having recorded wins in his first two outings of the month. Since then, he’s been handed one loss in three decisions, surrendering a combined 12 earned runs off 20 hits, two home runs and a 16/7 K/BB ratio across 14 1/3 frames against the White Sox, Braves, and Giants.

The Cubs (74-55) have gone 1-2 in each of those previous three starts with Hendricks on the mound but hope that Arrieta’s no-no in Sunday’s series finale will start-up another winning streak with the final month of the regular season underway tomorrow.

Tonight, another young right-hander in Michael Lorenzen will look to redeem himself as he’s currently 0-6 with a whopping 9.82 earned run average in his last seven games. Lorenzen (3-8, 5.46 ERA) has made two appearances against the Cubs this season for the Reds (53-76) and hasn’t had much success.

Chicago has tagged the 23-year-old for nine earned runs on 12 hits including two big flies while issuing six walks and recording 11 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings of work. His shortest outing against this club was his first meeting of the season in which he was pulled after just 4 1/3.

San Diego hammered him for seven runs on as many hits, forcing him out of the game in the second inning. He’ll have his hands full with this club who loves depositing pitches into the sea of fans out in the Wrigley Field bleachers.

First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. central time and will air live on CSN, WBBM 780 A.M.

Here’s a look at tonight’s starting lineup’s:

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