Hendricks' shutout streak ends, Cubs top Giants
MESA, Ariz. (AP) Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks gave up his first runs against big league batter this spring after extending his scoreless streak to 12 innings in an 8-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday.
Hendricks, who went 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA as a rookie, didn't allow a run in his first two exhibition outings. He threw five shutout innings against the Giants before they scored five times in the sixth.
Hendricks went 5 1-3 innings, allowing seven hits with a walk and striking out five.
''I feel good,'' he said. ''I felt strong through all those innings and made a few bad pitches late. But that's part of getting that pitch count up there and I'm right where I need to be.''
Joe Panik led off the Giants' sixth with a home run and Daniel Carbonell had a bases-loaded, two-run double.
Giants starter Tim Hudson gave up 10 hits and four runs in 4 2-3 innings.
''They hit a couple of good pitches,'' Hudson said. ''It was a work day for sure. I got in some jams, but limited the damage.''
Jonathan Herrera had three hits for the Cubs.
Giants: Hudson was far from concerned about his first bad outing of the spring coming so close to the start of the season.
''I didn't make great pitches throughout the day,'' he said. ''It's one of those things where there wasn't a game plan and obviously I was throwing a lot of pitches while not really understanding what some of these younger guys (in the Cubs' lineup) strengths and weaknesses are yet.''
Cubs: In addition to his three starts in the Cactus League, Hendricks had allowed three runs in 10 innings in two `B' games.
Giants: Travis Ishikawa, who was pulled from Sunday's game because of back tightness, has a sore back and is considered day-to-day. An MRI on Monday came back good according to manager Bruce Bochy, who said Ishikawa should return to the lineup on Thursday.
Cubs: Outfielder Chris Denorfia, who has been dealing with a sore left hamstring, took batting practice on Monday. He is expected to play in a minor league game by mid-week. His availability for opening day is still to be determined.
With the demotion of top prospects Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Addison Russell earlier in the day, the Cubs' infield outlook became a little more definitive with Mike Olt, Tommy LaStella and Arismendy Alcantara looking to break camp with the big league club.
Olt would see time at third and spell Anthony Rizzo at first base, while LaStella is expected to play third and second and Alcantara can play the outfield as well as the infield.
''Tommy has done a really good job offensively and defensively,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''Mendy can do it also. We have different options during the course of the game. We have some things to iron out yet.''
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The Giants haven't had a good spring - they fell to 9-20-1 with the loss to the Cubs - and there have been struggles in nearly all facets of the game.
''The little things hurt us all day,'' Bochy said. ''We just didn't play good fundamental ball. I bet five or six runs of those runs shouldn't have scored. Give them credit but we didn't play well at all again today.''
Giants: Host Colorado as Tim Lincecum faces the Rockies' Tyler Matzek.
Cubs: Travel to Surprise as left-hander Eric Jokisch takes the mound against the Rangers' Derek Holland.