Despite blowing a lead late in yesterday’s game, the Pittsburgh Pirates came back to beat the Chicago Cubs, 8-7, in ten innings thanks to two key hits and a defensive gem by first baseman Michael Chavis.
The Cubs scored five runs in the top of the eighth to take their first lead in the game, but Chavis tied it in the bottom half with his seventh home run of the season. He, then, kept it tied in the top of the tenth with a clutch defensive play that nabbed Patrick Wisdom out at home.
Chavis struck again in the bottom of the inning with a bloop single behind first that scored Ke’Bryan Hayes from third.
Michael Chavis hits a blooper into shallow right and Ke’Bryan Hayes slams into Willson Contreras to WALK IT OFF for the Pirates 8-7 over the Cubs in 10 (Video via @MrMatthewCFB) pic.twitter.com/tFVlMxh1Mp— MLB Walk Offs & Game Winning Plays (@MLBWalk_Offs) June 23, 2022
The main concern after the game was Hayes’ status. His brother, Charlie Hayes Jr., said in a tweet that he should be good for this weekend. Or in his words: “he’s Gucci.”
Hayes and Bryan Reynolds also homered for the Pirates in the game.
After concluding the homestand on a winning note, the Bucs travel to Tampa to open a weekend slate with the Rays tonight.