Sorry couldn’t come up with a good pun for sweeps and Pirates. The second J in the 4 out of 5 Cubs starting pitchers, Jon Lester looking for his third win of the season against Juan Nicasio and the Bucs. Dexter Fowler would leadoff another game with a hit, a single to right. Kris Bryant would get on with a walk but Juan gets out of the inning. Lester also only gives up one hit in the bottom half. Both pictures would see four batters each.
Fowler would leadoff the third by reaching first again but this time it was by a base on balls. La Stella would reach with Fowler being forced out. With two outs Rizzo would reach on a fielding error. With two on and two out, Zobrist would send a line drive to right field over the fence for his second dinger of the year. Then Baez and Russell would reach on singles prompting a visit to the mound but that would calm Juan down and get Ross to fly out. Cubs up 3-0. Both men would get through the fourth but not with out a little trouble.
Rizzo would leadoff the fifth with his seventh double of the year. Baez would send a line drive down the left field line that would be ruled a ground rule double but scoring Rizzo. Juan would get through the rest of the inning without any more runs. Lester would give up two runs in the bottom of the fifth but still no runs for the Bucs. Cubs up 4-0.
Ryan Vogelson would come into and make it a quick 1-2-3 inning. Lester would allow two baserunners in the bottom half but get out without any damage. With Ryan still pitching, Rizzo would lead off the seventh inning with his ninth home run of the season. Adam Warren would come in for relief of Lester and get the first out but would give up a double to right for Andrew McCutchen. Matt Joyce would replace pitcher Vogelson and hit a monster 2 run home run to center field. That would be all for that inning but the Cubs only up by 3.
Set up man Tony Watson would come into the game walking Ross but gets the next three guys out. Pedro Strop for the Cubs would have similar results. Mark Melancon comes into the ninth, trying to avoid adding to the Cubs lead. He would give up singles to Rizzo and Bryant, who would end up at third on Anthony’s. Baez would ground into a force out but Bryant scores putting the Cubs up now 6-2. Hector Rondon would be lights out in the bottom of the ninth, although he didn’t get the save, Cubs get thier first sweep of the season!
Cubs pitching holding it all together today. Lester with 5 2/3, would give up a high 8 hits to the Bucs but would strikeout 5 and only walk 2. The bullpen in 3 1/3 would walk no one, only give up three hits and 2 earned runs. Great road trip the Cubbies. But now it’s time for Bryce Harper and the Nationals!