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Nationals' lineup for the series opener with the Cubs: Max Scherzer vs Kyle Hendricks

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Max Scherzer got knocked around when the Washington Nationals visited Wrigley Field. Chicago Cubs' starter Kyle Hendricks shut the Nats out over six innings in his start in that series. Here's the Nationals' lineup for the series opener with the Cubbies...

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Chicago Cubs' starter Kyle Hendricks held the Washington Nationals to two hits and two walks over six scoreless innings in his May 5th start in Wrigley Field.

Hendricks earned the decision in one of the four games of the Cubs' sweep of the Nats, and improved to (2-0) in three career starts against the Nationals, over which he has a 1.50 ERA, four walks, 12 Ks and a .223/.273/.305 line against in 18 innings.

"He had us eating out of his hand," Dusty Baker told reporters after the 5-2 loss.

"He was throwing strikes. He threw very few balls. He threw very few balls over the heart of the plate and he threw a good game. He threw an excellent game."

On the year, the 26-year-old right-hander is (4-5) in 11 starts with a 2.90 ERA, a 3.04 FIP, 15 walks (1.98 BB/9), 57 Ks (7.51 K/9) and a .198/.258/.300 line against in 68 ⅓ innings pitched.

On the hill for the Nationals in the series opener in Nationals Park, is Max Scherzer, who got knocked around when he went up against the Cubs in Chicago.

Scherzer gave up a season-high seven runs on seven hits and three walks, with the Cubs hitting four home runs over the ivy-covered walls in Wrigley Field.

Cubs' skipper Joe Maddon talked to reporters after that game about how his hitters' patient approach was paying off.

"We had good at bats, again," Maddon said. "What did he have 90? He probably had 100 pitches or close to it after five, right?"

"You could get a guy that good to throw that many pitches, that's what I've been talking about, we do have command of our strike zone right now and that's a huge part of our success."

Here's the Nationals' lineup for the series opener with the Cubs:

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