MLB Game Recap - Pittsburgh at Chicago
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

BOS
6
PHI
3
F
NYY
4
TOR
6
F
BAL
8
DET
2
F
MIN
5
CLE
7
F
ATL
0
WAS
7
F
MIL
7
STL
6
F
HOU
12
KC
3
F
PIT
6
CHC
16
F
OAK
6
TEX
1
F
SD
5
COL
10
F
MIA
1
SF
2
F
TB
4
LAA
6
F
CIN
3
ARI
1
F
CHW
10
SEA
11
F
LAD
3
NYM
2
F

September 15, 2019 2:20 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Pittsburgh (65-85)

0

0

5

1

0

0

0

0

0

6

14

1

Chicago (81-68)

3

0

5

2

2

1

2

1

x

16

19

1

W: Wieck (1-1)

L: Williams (7-7)

PIT - HR: none

CHC - HR: Happ (6) , Schwarber (36) , Bryant 2 (31) , Lucroy (8)

Cubs' Rizzo sprains right ankle, set for MRI on Monday
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:06 PM

CHICAGO (AP) Anthony Rizzo was helped off the field Sunday by a trainer and a teammate with a sprained right ankle, and Wrigley Field fell silent. With Chicago's postseason pursuit already hindered by a season-ending injury to shortstop Javier Baez, the team may now be without another star player.

For one day at least, the Cubs rallied without those lineup staples, thumping the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-6 to finish an impressive three-game sweep.

Rizzo was injured fielding a bunt at first base in the third inning. X-rays showed no fractures, and an MRI has been scheduled for Monday.

"We're gonna miss Riz, we already miss Javy, but I really believe the rest of the group is up to the task," manager Joe Maddon said.

The Cubs maintained their one-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card. The Nationals are 1 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for the first wild card.

Kris Bryant homered twice, and Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber and Jonathan Lucroy also connected as Chicago battered Pittsburgh for a third straight day. The Cubs scored a total of 47 runs on 49 hits in completing the sweep.

Maddon is hoping the performance is a preview of the final two weeks of the regular season.

"There's galvanizing moments, too," he said. "When your better guys go down like that, the other guys realize, `Hey, let's go.' That's part of the mindset, too. You can't permit that to drag you down. We didn't."

Chicago starter Jose Quintana was pulled after allowing five runs in the third inning, when he fell apart following Rizzo's injury.

After Erik Gonzalez's leadoff double, Pirates starter Trevor Williams bunted toward third base. Rizzo charged aggressively from first and rolled his ankle a few steps before fielding the ball. He threw wide to first base and dropped to the ground in pain.

Brad Wieck (1-1) later replaced Quintana with two on and struck out both batters he faced to end the inning.

"It really did kind of get away from us in a sense," Bryant said. "The fans were upset, we were upset. It was kind of like a light switch. He's a great dude, a great teammate and any time you see that happen, it's tough.

"But I think we responded well. Guys stepped up and we scored a ton of runs in a really important game."

The Cubs rallied for five runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 8-5, starting with Bryant's second homer of the game and ending when reliever Michael Feliz threw wildly on an appeal play at third base.

Williams (7-7) allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Pablo Reyes drove in three runs for the Pirates.

Bryant gave the Cubs an early lead with a three-run blast in the first.

Happ, who replaced Rizzo, hit a two-run shot in the fifth to make it 12-6. Jason Heyward drove in a run in the sixth and Schwarber hit a two-run shot in the seventh. Lucroy capped the scoring with a solo homer in the eighth.

RECORD SETTING

Bryant now has 138 career homers, the most by any Cubs player in his first five seasons in the majors. Ernie Banks had the previous record with 136.

The Cubs' runs were the most they've scored in a three-game series since tallying 48 (also against the Pirates) in July 1894.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: 1B Josh Bell (groin strain) missed his second straight game. He is listed as day-to-day after exiting in the fifth inning on Friday. ... OF Starling Marte (left wrist sprain) didn't start for the seventh straight game.

Cubs: Closer Craig Kimbrel (right elbow inflammation) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session before the game. He reported no issues, but the team will see how he feels Monday before deciding on the next step. ... INF Addison Russell was placed on the seven-day concussion list Sunday retroactive to Thursday. He was hit in the head by a pitch last Sunday at Milwaukee.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller (1-4, 8.29 ERA) faces LHP Marco Gonzales (15-11, 4.30) Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game home series against Seattle.

Cubs: LHP Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.89 ERA) starts Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Reds. RHP Sonny Gray (10-7, 2.80) pitches for Cincinnati.

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Pitchers of Record

Pittsburgh IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
T. Williams (L, 7-7) 2.1 6 7 3 0 27.00 3.857
Chicago IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
B. Wieck (W, 1-1) 0.2 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.000

Batting Leaders

Pittsburgh AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
B. Reynolds 5 2 1 0 1 0 4 0 1.6
E. Diaz 4 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.4
Chicago AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
K. Bryant 5 3 2 2 4 0 9 0 5.4
J. Lucroy 1 1 1 1 1 0 4 0 4.0

Team Comparison

PIT CHC
At Bats 39 41
Hits 14 19
Batting Average .359 .463
On Base Percentage .390 .478
Slugging Percentage 0.436 0.976
Doubles 3 4
Triples 0 1
Home Runs 0 5
Total Bases 17 40
Walks 2 3
Strikeouts 6 5
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 8 6
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 5/15 4/7
Double Plays Fielded 0 8
Errors 1 1

2019 Regular Season - CHC Leads Series 11-5

Date Result Winner Loser
Mon Apr 8 PIT 0 @ CHC 10 B. Brach J. Taillon
Wed Apr 10 PIT 5 @ CHC 2 J. Lyles Y. Darvish
Thu Apr 11 PIT 0 @ CHC 2 J. Quintana J. Musgrove
Mon Jul 1 CHC 5 @ PIT 18 T. Williams A. Alzolay
Tue Jul 2 CHC 1 @ PIT 5 C. Holmes K. Hendricks
Wed Jul 3 CHC 5 @ PIT 6 R. Rodriguez C. Kimbrel
Thu Jul 4 CHC 11 @ PIT 3 J. Quintana J. Lyles
Fri Jul 12 PIT 3 @ CHC 4 R. Rosario K. Crick
Sat Jul 13 PIT 4 @ CHC 10 J. Lester J. Lyles
Sun Jul 14 PIT 3 @ CHC 8 J. Quintana T. Williams
Fri Aug 16 CHC 2 @ PIT 3 K. Kela B. Kintzler
Sat Aug 17 CHC 2 @ PIT 0 J. Lester S. Brault
Sun Aug 18 CHC 7 @ PIT 1 J. Quintana M. Keller
Fri Sep 13 PIT 8 @ CHC 17 J. Lester S. Brault
Sat Sep 14 PIT 1 @ CHC 14 K. Hendricks J. Marvel
Sun Sep 15 PIT 6 @ CHC 16 B. Wieck T. Williams

Game Information

Stadium: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 39,103
Game Time: 3:28
Weather: 74F, Partly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?