The Pirates just had no answers for the Chicago bats. Every pitcher the Bucs sent to the mound, excluding Dovydas Neverauskas who recorded the final out in the bottom of the 8th, gave up two runs. The team is in a downward spiral and everyone knows it. Pirates broadcaster Greg Brown went off on the team on his weekly conversation with Starkey and Mueller. He exclaimed how people around baseball can’t believe how the Pirates are playing with all the talent on their team. Bucs fans can’t believe it either.
The Cubs scored 17 runs and recorded 20 hits.
René Rivera, Kris Bryant, and Ian Happ all collected three hits. Jon Jay, Kyle Schwarber, Javier Báez, and Anthony Rizzo all had two hits. Rizzo and Happ both hit homers and Báez hit two. Jose Quintana went six innings giving up three runs and collecting the win.
The Pirates got a chance to see some young players play with Jordan Luplow, Max Moroff, and Steven Brault all got playing time. Brault gave up four runs and A.J. Schugel three in an inning a piece. Ivan Nova started and gave up five runs (four earned) over three innings giving up five hits, he walked one, and struck out five. Josh Bell hit his 23rd home run and David Freese drove in the other run.