The Pirates had a high-scoring first inning and never looked back, scoring 18 runs on 23 hits making this a nightmare game for Cubs fans to watch.
Cubs rookie Adbert Alzolay (1-1, 7.15 ERA) took the mound to start the series against Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams (3-2, 4.54 ERA). Adbert struggled early on, giving up four runs in the top of the first inning, thanks in part to a Josh Bell three-run homer.
In the top of the second, Baez responded to the monster inning from the Pirates with a monster blast of his own. His 21st of the year made it 4-1 Pirates.
The struggles for Alzolay did not end in the first inning. In the bottom of the second, he surrendered another three runs making it 7-1 Pirates. Of the three runs scored, two of them were courtesy of another Josh Bell home run.
In the top of the fourth the Cubs bats started to show life, rallying around to score three big runs narrowing the lead to a 7-4 Pirates advantage. However, the close game would be short lived as the Pirates would score in every inning until the end of the ballgame.
In the bottom of the seventh, with the score being 5-13 Pirates, the Cubs sent out a familiar infield face to the bump. Daniel Descalso, who has previously pitched as a position player with the Diamondbacks and Cardinals, tried to give the Cubs a scoreless inning. Descalso was cruising along, retiring dangerous hitters Josh Bell and Cory Dickerson along the way. However, after a Colin Moran double and a Jung Ho Kang two-run homer, the score was 15-5 Pirates.
This was a nightmare game for the Cubs against a divisional rival. While the Cubs were being beaten up in Pittsburgh, the Brewers were taking care of business in Cincinnati by beating the Reds and knocking the Cubs out of first place. The Cubs need someone to step up and light a fire in the clubhouse. They did not play as well as they would have hoped, or were capable of, in the month of June and they started July on a horrendous note. This one definitely hurts the heart but lets hope they can flip the script and fly the W again soon!
PLAYER OF THE GAME
There was no clear player of the game on the Cubs side but there was a clear winner on the Pirates side. Josh Bell hit three home runs, which was his first multi-home run game in some time. Bell went 4 for 6 with seven RBI’s and three home runs. Josh Bell had a career game unfortunately at the Cubs expense.
Hopefully the Cubs can shake off this loss and move on to tomorrows match up. The Cubs will have Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.36 ERA) on the mound after returning from the IL to face off against Joe Musgrove (6-7, 4.27 ERA) for the Pirates.
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