The Cubs kept the offensive train rolling for a second consecutive game on Saturday. Pirates rookie starter James Marvel failed to live up to his Avengers-like name and the Cubs rolled to an exciting 14-1 victory.
The fun started in the 2nd inning when Nicholas Castellanos doubled home three runs following singles from Ben Zobrist and Nico Hoerner and a hit-by-pitch from Anthony Rizzo — Cubs up 3-0. Castellanos then scooted home to extend the lead to 4-0 thanks to a bloop Kris Bryant single.
Zobrist added his first home run of the season to make it 5-0 in the 3rd. It wasn’t long until Bryant powered a two-run shot to end Marvel’s day in the 4th — Cubs up 7-0. Seven runs was more than enough for Kyle Hendricks, who allowed just a single run in six innings.
Rizzo came through again with the bases loaded in the 5th when he hit a two-run single to right. Hoerner kept up his torrid opening week by hitting a three-run laser-beam dong to left in the 6th. Victor Caratini pinched-hit in the 7th and capped the Cubs 14 runs with on a solo homer.
Several players on both teams were hit by pitches in the late innings. Dillon Maples was ejected in the 9th after hitting two players in a row, but they appeared accidental since both were breaking balls. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Won
The offense overwhelmed a weak Pirates pitching staff again, as they should.
Nick Castellanos started the Cubs scoring once again with a three-run double in the second. His energy set the tone for the day and the Cubs continued to pour on runs all afternoon.
Stats That Matter
- Hendricks didn’t strike out many hitters, but he was very efficient: 6 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 2 K, and 0 BB.
- Zobrist was a perfect 2-2 with a walk in just five innings.
- Hoerner just keeps delivering with men on base. He is hitting .417 with a 209 wRC+ in the bigs.
- Bryant has hit three homers since getting the cortisone shot in his knee.
The Cubs are doing just what they need to do so far this weekend: Beat an atrocious, annoying, and dirty Pittsburgh Pirates team led by king of the scumbags, Clint Hurdle. Sweep them tomorrow and continue to take care of business.