Hendricks (6-5) allowed two runs on seven hits (two home runs) and a walk while striking out three across 7.2 innings Wednesday as he took the loss against the Pirates.
Hendricks got off to a bumpy start by allowing back-to-back home runs to Adam Frazier and Ke'Bryan Hayes to lead off the first but was lights out for the rest of the game. The right-hander generated 19 of his 23 outs via either groundball or flyout as he primarily relied on his changeup and sinker to induce weak contact. Wednesday was Hendricks' last start of the regular season and he finished with a 2.88 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 64:8 K:BB while leading the majors with 81.1 innings pitched. The 30-year-old figures to slot in behind Yu Darvish as the Cubs' No. 2 rotation option come playoff time.