While it has been a disastrous season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, they finished the home schedule on a high note – a 7-0 blowout victory over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.
Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh and was dominant on the mound this afternoon. He gave up just two hits and three walks in seven innings of work. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before a double off the wall by Anthony Rizzo. Still, it was a tremendous way for Kuhl to finish off his 2020 campaign.
The Pirates used the long ball to take control of this baseball game. A solo homerun in each of the first three innings put the Bucs in front. Colin Moran’s solo homer in the first scored the game’s first run, followed by dingers from Bryan Reynolds and Adam Frazier.
A single by Frazier in the fourth made it 4-0, and a two run homerun by Josh Bell in the fifth, followed by a sac fly in the seventh by Gregory Polanco, made this one a laugher at 7-0.
While the Cubs have their sights set on a division title and potentially even a World Series championship, the Pirates played well against them these past few days and ended their home season on a high note. It has been a bad year, no doubt, but hopefully the Bucs can carry the success of these last few days onto the road when they wrap the season this weekend against the Cleveland Indians.
Record vs. Cubs: 4-6
Record vs. N.L. Central: 16-24
Record at Home: 13-18
Overall Record: 18-39
Let’s Go Bucs!