Showing off an improved curveball Hendricks, struck out nine and walked none In his first career opening day start and fourth career shutout., quotThat was fun to watchquot Ross said. quotI mean now. You know why he’s a guy that you slot into the opening day, starter role.quot, Orlando Arcia, had each of Milwaukee’s hits off Hendricks 1 0. After he singled with two out in the third for the Brewers’ first baserunner. He accepted a splash of sanitizer from a smiling Rizzo at first and cleaned off. His hands. quotIt surprised me, tooquot Arcia said through an interpreter. quotI wasn’t prepared.. I didn’t think he was going to do that.quot Rizzo said he got the idea, while hanging out with some friends. quotWe were all talking about it and all just started to laughquot Rizzo said. quotKind of forgot about it and then the other day I remember it.quot Ross Came out to check on Hendricks with two out and a runner on. First in the ninth. He told the right hander. He had one more hitter and Keston Hiura bounced into a game ending fielder’s choice on Hendricks’ 103rd pitch.. It was the first complete game for a Cubs pitcher on opening day since Bill Bonham beat the Phillies 2 0 on April 9, 1974.

, quotJust being back out there with the guys it was so much funquot, Hendricks said. quotPlaying, for something you definitely felt the energy in The dugout was way different for us.quot, One of Chicago’s elevated train lines rumbled in the distance as the NL Central rivals, renewed acquaintances.

Three months after they were scheduled to begin the season at Miller, Park.. Normally, the sound of the Red Line is drowned out by 30000 plus fans, but there was only a handful of people at Wrigley because of the coronavirus pandemic, making for a handful of unusual scenes. Cubs left hander Jon Lester watched the start of the game from the Bleachers in left, field. Brewers, slugger Ryan Braun, who is normally greeted by vociferous boos when he comes to Chicago, played in relative silence, all night long., Even with the stands empty, Jason Heyward carried a Chicago flag when he ran out to right field for the start of The game. quotThere is no point when it’s not strange without fans. There’s, really notquot Brewers manager, Craig Counsell said. quotThat’s, not an excuse by any means, but it’s strange without fans.quot Milwaukee right hander, Brandon Woodruff allowed four hits in five innings in his first career opening day. Start. Woodruff 0 1, who made the All Star team last year for the first time, struck out five and walked one. quotThat 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 upquot.

Woodruff said. quotI just need to take the positives from tonight and move on.quot Woodruff’s. Only rough patch occurred in the third when Nico Hoerner singled with one out and Happ, followed with a deep drive to center.

Happ, also homered, on opening day in 2018.