CHICAGO (AP)– Tyler Chatwood matched a profession high with 11 strikeouts in another excellent performance, and the Chicago Cubs utilized the long ball to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Saturday night.
Javier Báez, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ homered as Chicago won for the 5th time in six video games. The Cubs have gone deep in each of their very first 8 video games for the first time since 1958.
Schwarber’s two-run shot in the eighth made it 4-0 and resulted in chants of “Kyle Schwarber! Kyle Schwarber!” from a singing rooftop crowd in foul territory in left.
” He’s a strong man and we have actually got a genuine effective lineup,” manager David Ross stated, “and that’s what occurs when you start from pitch one and grind at-bats and try to see pitches and are on the attack as far as your method.”
Chatwood (2-0) left after Pittsburgh loaded the bases with 2 out in the seventh. Jeremy Jeffress was available in and retired Phillip Evans on a grounder to third.
The Pirates got three in the ninth on Colin Moran’s two-run homer off Kyle Ryan and Gregory Polanco’s run-scoring groundout. Rowan Wick coaxed pinch player José Osuna into a fielder’s option for his third career save.
” This group does not stop,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton stated. “We continue to have great (at-bats) and have an opportunity to win the video game late.”
Ross stayed away from Craig Kimbrel one day after the closer gave up home runs by Josh Bell and Moran in the ninth inning of a 6-3 success.
” It’s going to be day-to-day with him, daily discussions,” Ross stated. “He tossed a quite intense bullpen today trying to work out some things.”
Chatwood had control issues in his first season with Chicago in 2018, but the right-hander was better last year. He is off to an excellent start in 2020, enabling one run and six hits in 12 2/3 innings over his very first two trips.
” Obviously you want to leave to a great start, but I felt great 2nd half of last year,” Chatwood said. “I felt good in spring training and what I had the ability to continue doing during that off period, I seemed like I kept improving. And now obviously it’s enjoyable to put it in play against an opposing team.”
The Pirates completed with six hits in their 4th loss in five video games. They started the day with a significant league-low.177 team batting average.
Moran said he remains confident in the Pirates’ lineup.
” We have very skilled hitters,” he stated. “I understand it’s the start of the season, so whatever seems like it’s more magnified.”
Pittsburgh likewise lost Mitch Keller (1-1) in the 3rd inning because of left side discomfort. The right-hander, among the team’s leading young arms, was gone to by a trainer after he bounced a curveball to Willson Contreras with two out. After a brief conversation, he strolled off the mound and was replaced by Chris Stratton.
The 24- year-old Keller surrendered long drives by Happ and Báez previously in the inning. Happ’s one-out shot traveled an approximated 405 feet, and Báez’s 448- foot blast hit the batter’s eye in center with 2 out.
” We’re playing truly good as a team,” Báez stated.
Pirates right-hander Michael Feliz likewise departed with an apparent injury after he was not able to record an out in the eighth.
Shelton stated Keller and Feliz were being examined, and the group probably would have an upgrade on Sunday.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was scratched since of intestinal issues. David Bote changed him at third.
Ross stated Bryant would get a rapid response coronavirus test Sunday early morning as a precaution, however the group thought it was simply a stomach concern.
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Cubs: LHP José Quintana (thumb surgery) threw 38 pitches in a bullpen session. He is set up for another bullpen on Monday. … Contreras was hit on his left lower arm by a pitch in the sixth, but he stayed in the video game.
Steven Brault and Jon Lester start the series finale in a matchup of left-handers. Brault tossed 2 scoreless innings for Pittsburgh on Monday night prior to its home opener was delayed by rain. Brault likely will be followed by right-hander Chad Kuhl, part of an early season experiment by first-year manager Derek Shelton. Lester (1-0) pitched 5 hitless innings in his very first start Monday at Cincinnati.
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