Chicago Cubs manage only 2 hits in a season-opening 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field

Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks walked the first batter of the season in what would become a familiar trend for the pitching staff on opening day. Eight Cubs pitchers combined to walk 11 hitters in Thursday’s 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of 10,343 fans at Wrigley Field. The 11 walks were the most in a game for the Cubs since July 23, 2014 (also 11). Right-hander Alec Mills was the lone reliever to not issue a free pass. Hendricks uncharacteristically struggled with his command, lasting only three innings and 63 pitches. His three walks were his most in a start in exactl…

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