Liam Hendriks doesn't have a major league victory to his credit, and Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has a pretty good idea why.
The right-hander looks to end his drought Thursday night while helping Minnesota avoid its first home sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals in more than 13 years.
Hendriks (0-7, 6.20 ERA) has let 4-0 leads slip away in consecutive starts, the first coming when he gave up five runs - three earned - and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings of Minnesota's 8-7 win over the Royals on Sept. 1.
His latest rough performance, though, led to a 7-6 Twins loss Friday, when he allowed four runs in five innings.
Hendriks is in his second season and is 0-9 with a 6.19 ERA in 16 career starts, including four last season.
"I try not to think about it too much," said Hendriks, who has 21 minor league victories. "It's going to come."
Gardenhire, though, said the Australian-born pitcher needs to be more aggressive if that's to happen.
"You get a lead, you have to go ...