The Chicago Cubs capped a three game series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with another blowout victory at Wrigley Field this afternoon.
It was another difficult day for the starting pitchers, as Trevor Williams and Jose Quintana both struggled on the mound for their respective clubs. Williams gave up seven runs on six hits and three walks in 2.1 innings, while Quintana also just lasted 2.1 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.
A three run homerun by Kris Bryant in the bottom of the first gave the Cubs the early lead. A single by Kevin Newman, a double by Bryan Reynolds, and two more singles by Pablo Reyes and Colin Moran put the Bucs in front in the top of the third by a 5-3 score, but the Cubs scored five more runs in the bottom of the inning, including Bryant’s second homerun of the game, to make it 8-5.
While the Pittsburgh offense stalled after that, scoring just one run the rest of the game, Chicago continued to pour it on, scoring two in the fourth and fifth, one in the sixth, two in the seventh, and one more in the eighth to make this another laugher of a game.
This ends a disastrous weekend for the Pirates, who after a day off on Monday, will return to action at PNC Park on Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners.
Record vs. Cubs: 5-11
Record vs. N.L. Central: 25-42
Record on the Road: 34-45
Overall Record: 65-85
Let’s Go Bucs!