After the Pittsburgh Pirates (10-23) dropped an 11 inning affair to the Chicago Cubs (21-14) Tuesday night, they were greeted with a rain delay Wednesday night. A scheduled 7:05 start time was pushed until after 8. Joe Musgrove (0-3) was on the mound for Pittsburgh, while Kyle Hendricks (3-4) started the game for Chicago.
In the bottom of the second, Colin Moran slugged his seventh home run of the season to stake the Pirates to a 1-0 lead.
Musgrove made it into the fourth inning before being relieved by Nick Tropeano. Musgrove allowed three hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out four. He left on the hook for two runners. When Tropeano entered, he threw one pitch to Javier Baez, who launched it into the left field bleachers for his sixth home run of the year, giving the Cubs a 3-1 lead. Tropeano was tagged with the third run.
After that, the game was largely quiet until Anthony Rizzo came up with one out and runners on second and third in the top of the seventh inning. With the infield in, two runs scored on Derek Holland’s watch during his third inning of work, pushing the Cubs’ lead up a couple runs to 5-1.
In the bottom half of the inning, new Pirate Anthony Alford blasted a home run (2) to centerfield, pulling the Pirates within three and making an impression on his new teammates and fans.
On a challenged trap play that was overturned in the top of the eighth inning, Willson Contreras doubled, scoring a run. That lengthy umpire adjudication was followed up by a Kevin Newman error, resulting in two runs scored, extending the Chicago lead, 8-2.
Jason Adam came on to pitch the ninth for the Cubs. Gregory Polanco flied to center before Alford flied to right. Jacob Stallings rolled over third-to-first to end the game
Kyle Hendricks improved to 4-4, while Joe Musgrove fell to 0-4. As a team, the Pirates fell to 10-24 on the season, while the Cubs improved to 22-14. These two teams are back at it again tomorrow afternoon with a 1:35 start time. JT Brubaker (0-0) is slated to pitch for the Pirates, while Alec Mills (3-2) is the man on the hill for the Cubs.