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Pirates Roughed Up By Cubs Again 7-2, Swept in Three-Game Series

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Pittsburgh Pirates, Johan Oviedo

RECAP

Johan Oviedo gave up four runs in 4.1 innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Cubs 7-2 on Thursday night as Chicago completed a three-game series sweep at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs scored three runs off Oviedo (3-6) and two off rookie left-handed reliever Jose Hernandez in a five-run fifth inning. That turned the Pirates’ 2-1 lead into a 6-2 deficit.

Jason Delay had two of the National League Central-leading Pirates’ six hits.

The Pirates (34-33) have lost six of their last eight games since a six-game winning streak. The Cubs (31-37) have won five of their last six.

KEY MOMENT

Ian Happ hit an RBI double off Oviedo with one out in the third inning to draw the Cubs into a 2-2 tie. That opened the door for Chicago’s five-run outburst.

STAR OF THE GAME

Happ went 3 for 5 with a double and a triple. The Mount Lebanon graduate also scored two runs and drove in two.

NOTABLE STAT

  1. Total runs allowed by the Pirates in the series.

NOTEWORTHY

  • LF Bryan Reynolds’ seven-game hitting streak and 12-game on-base streak ended as he went 0 for 4.
  • DH Andrew McCutchen went 1 for 3 with a walk and has a .409 on-base percentage over his last 25 games.
  • Oviedo had a 2.62 ERA in his previous six starts.
  • Cubs RHP Marcus Stroman (8-4) got the win as he gave up two runs in six innings. Like Happ, DH Christopher Morel had three hits and two RBIs for Chicago.
  • RHP Colin Holderman was placed on the 15-day injured list before the game with right wrist inflammation and RHP Yerry De Los Santos was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. De Los Santos allowed one run in 1.1 innings of relief.

UP NEXT

In a showdown for first place in the NL Central, the Pirates open a three-game series the Brewers at 8:10 p.m. Friday at American Family Field in Milwaukee. The Pirates are in first place by 0.5 game over the Brewers.

LHP Rich Hill (6-5, 4.23) is scheduled to start for the Pirates against RHP Julio Teheran (1-2, 1.48). Hill threw 119 pitches last Friday, the most by an MLB pitcher this season, and allowed two runs in seven innings in beating the New York Mets at PNC Park.

John Perrotto is a columnist for Pittsburgh Baseball Now and has covered the Pittsburgh Pirates and MLB since 1988.

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