For the third straight night, the starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates held the Chicago Cubs in offense in check. The difference tonight was that the Bucs’ offense actually scored some runs. The result was a 3-1 victory for Joe Musgrove and the Pirates.
Musgrove was solid tonight, giving up one run on five hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. He won his fifth game of the season, lowering his ERA to 3.31.
The Pirates scored three runs in the second inning, which turned out to be all they would need. Adam Frazier’s double scored Josh Bell for the game’s first run. The next two runs scored were manufactured, including Colin Moran’s groundout and Adeiny Hechavarria’s sacrifice fly. The Bucs led 3-0 after two innings.
The Cubs scored their lone run of the game, much like the past two games, via a solo homerun. Tonight it was Ben Zobrist who hit the long ball, a shot to right field in the top of the third. Unfortunately for the Cubs, it would be the one and only run they would score on the night.
This was a nice victory for the Pirates. The offense certainly didn’t go crazy tonight, but they did enough for Musgrove, who was great on the mound. They will look to earn a series split tomorrow afternoon at PNC Park. Jose Quintana will take the mound for Chicago against Jameson Taillon for Pittsburgh.
Record vs. Cubs: 6-8
Record vs. N.L. Central: 29-21
Record at Home: 34-31
Overall Record: 62-62
Let’s Go Bucs!