The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs began their final series of the 2019 season tonight at PNC Park. Chicago has dominated Pittsburgh over the course of this season, and blew out the Pirates in a three game sweep a little over a week ago. With the Cubs in the hunt for the final Wild Card spot in the National League, the Buccos have a chance to play spoiler these next three days.
Mitch Keller made a decent start tonight, especially considering his overall body of work. Keller would pitch five innings and allow one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. That lone run came in the fourth inning when Nico Hoerner hit an RBI double into the right center field gap to bring around Jason Heyward.
Pittsburgh would finally see its offense come to life in the seventh inning and it would be aided by a couple Chicago errors. Colin Moran brought home Adam Frazier with a single to shallow left center. Kevin Kramer plated two runs with a double to right. A fielding error by Ben Zobrist allowed Jacob Stallings and Kramer to cross the plate. That would be followed up by a Danny Hultzen throwing error that brought in Erik Gonzalez. The seventh and final run of the inning scored when Frazier hit a single to left center to plate Newman.
Hoerner would give the Cubs their second and final run of the night on a single to right center to score Wilson Contreras. That run would score off of Richard Rodriguez, who would strikeout out three batters, walk one, and give up two hits during the eighth inning. The Pirates would add their final two runs in the eighth on a Gonzalez home run with Jake Elmore on base.
Beating Chicago is always nice, especially a 9-2 victory after they destroyed the Buccos at Wrigley Field not that long ago. Hopefully Pittsburgh is able to eliminate the Cubs from the postseason over these next two days. These two teams will meet up again tomorrow night in game two of this three game series. First pitch is set for 7:05pm.
Record vs. Cubs: 6-11
Record vs. N.L. Central: 26-45
Record at Home: 32-44
Overall Record: 66-91
Let’s Go Bucs!