Pirates return from woeful highway journey for rematch with Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates and visiting Chicago Cubs do not should pressure their reminiscence banks in preparation for his or her subsequent sequence, which begins Monday

It was simply final week that the Pirates performed three video games in Chicago, little question a fond reminiscence for the Cubs and a bitter one for Pittsburgh. Chicago swept the three video games by a collective 28-11

The Cubs, following that sweep of the Pirates, stretched their successful streak to a season-high 5 video games earlier than dropping the finale of a sequence in opposition to Baltimore 6-3 Sunday

Cubs catcher Miguel Amaya left Sunday’s sport after getting hit with a pitch on the appropriate hand or wrist

“X-rays have been damaging. I believe he will be all proper, from speaking to the trainers,” Chicago supervisor David Ross stated. “We’ll see how he feels (Monday) and go from there.”

Pittsburgh, in the meantime, has stored on dropping. The Pirates are getting back from a six-game highway journey 0-6

After being swept in Chicago, the Pirates misplaced three in Milwaukee, together with a 5-2 defeat Sunday by which the Pirates led 2-1 earlier than the Brewers rallied with a four-run eighth

Bryan Reynolds’ two-run homer gave Pittsburgh its solely scoring Sunday, and the membership managed simply six runs within the three-game sequence.

“We didn’t execute offensively on this sequence,” Pirates supervisor Derek Shelton stated

“We’ve to be higher. We weren’t good on this sequence, and we’ve got to determine a method to be higher. … We have got to get one thing clicking. Proper now, except for (Carlos) Santana and Reynolds, we do not have actually good, constant at-bats.”

Pittsburgh may get a elevate Monday. Catcher Henry Davis, the primary general draft decide in 2021, is anticipated to be recalled and make his big-league debut, Shelton confirmed after a number of reviews surfaced throughout Sunday’s sport.

Davis was promoted from Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis earlier this month. He has been with Indianapolis solely 12 days and was held out of its sport Sunday.

He had 10 hits, together with one dwelling run, and three RBIs in 10 video games at Triple-A.

“I am excited,” Shelton stated. “He deserves to be right here. I believe he is proven that.”

Within the sequence opener, Chicago left-hander Drew Smyly (6-4, 3.59 ERA) is anticipated to oppose Pittsburgh right-hander Osvaldo Bido (0-0, 2.25).

This can be a rematch of Wednesday’s sport, when Smyly got here away with the win and Bido, in his main league debut, didn’t get a call regardless of a superb outing.

Smyly gave up 5 runs and 9 hits in six innings, with 4 strikeouts and one stroll, however received loads of offensive help in Chicago’s 10-6 win.

Smyly has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 10 outings this yr.

Towards Pittsburgh, Smyly is 3-3 with a 4.96 ERA in 10 profession video games, 9 of them begins.

Bido, in fact, may have some familiarity with the Cubs. He gave up one run and struck out six in 4 innings Wednesday earlier than Chicago’s offense got here to life. So he additionally may have expertise with the Pirates‘ bullpen faltering, as has occurred steadily this season

–Discipline Stage Media