With nothing else to play for this season, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to play the role of spoiler as they face off against playoff hopefuls down stretch. This afternoon, they were dismantled by a Chicago Cubs team making a push toward the postseason.
The Cubs would be a wild card team if the season ended today, and they played like a club that needs to win every time they take the field. Chicago destroyed Pittsburgh pitching on their way to a win that looked more like a football score – a 17-8 beatdown at Wrigley Field.
The two teams combined for 25 runs on 29 hits, and while the Cubs had three errors on the day, their bats more than made up for their miscues in the field.
Steven Brault had the worst start of his career, giving up ten runs on eight hits and three walks in 2.2 innings. His mound opponent, Jon Lester, had a rough outing as well, though he did earn his 13th victory of the year.
The Cubs were led by Nicholas Castellanos and Nico Hoerner at the plate, as well as Anthony Rizzo, who hammered a grand slam in the third inning.
Kevin Newman and Pablo Reyes led the Bucs with three hits each, while Adam Frazier added a pair of hits as well.
This game started out great for Pittsburgh, as they built a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. But it was all downhill from there, and quickly became a game to forget.
James Marvel and Kyle Hendricks will take the mound tomorrow afternoon in the second game of this series at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2:20pm.
Record vs. Cubs: 5-9
Record vs. N.L. Central: 25-40
Record on the Road: 34-43
Overall Record: 65-83
Let’s Go Bucs!