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2018 Schedule
12-6, 1st in NL Cent
20h

Pirates avoid sweep, pound Rockies 10-2

Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run home run that backed Chad Kuhl and helped the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 10-2 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Gonzalez makes impressive diving catch (0:22)
Rodriguez's homer puts Pirates on top (0:23)
1:11

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon had a pointed response to Thursday's response from Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who was in turn responding to Javier Baez's bat-flip on a flyout during Wednesday's game at Wrigley Field. Got that?

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7dJesse Rogers

Cubs' Baez fires back at Hurdle over 'trash talk'

Though Cubs infielder Javier Baez was upset with himself for flipping his bat after a pop out in Wednesday's game, he took exception to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle questioning his respect for the game.

8d

Baez homers twice as Cubs pound Pirates 13-5

Javier Baez homered twice for the second straight day and scored the go-ahead run on a daring dash around the bases, helping the Chicago Cubs pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-5 on Wednesday.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Both the good and the bad of the Javier Baez show was on full blast as the Cubs grab the lead against Pittsburgh. Baez reached base by swinging at strike three on a Tyler Glasnow pitch that bounced in front of home plate. He went to second on a grounder, stole third and scored by beating a throw from Pirates 1B Josh Bell on a roller with the infield in. That guy is fun to watch.

0:36

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

After beating the Cubs 8-5 on Tuesday in Chicago's home opener, the Pirates are now 8-2 and sit alone atop the NL Central. But Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle is quick to offer some perspective.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

New name, same player: Pirates closer Felipe Rivero has changed his name to Felipe Vazquez, so that's the same closer wrapping up Pittsburgh's 8-5 win over the Cubs to spoil Chicago's home opener. Vazquez had a hiccup in his first outing of 2018, but has seven K's in 4.1 innings since then with four saves. He should be one of the game's best closers all season.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

It's a little sunnier at Wrigley Field today after yesterday's snow out. And while the temperature remains frigid, perhaps the Friendly Confines are made a little warmer by the presence of Sister Jean her beloved Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, who gained so much notoriety for their recent run to the Final Four. Here is Sister Jean being congratulated after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs995th
Batting Average.2655th
On Base Percentage.3348th
Slugging Percentage.4396th
Earned Run Average4.2319th
Quality Starts9Tied-12th
WHIP1.3016th
BAA.24620th