The Pittsburgh Pirates conclude a series at Wrigley Field on Sunday against the host Chicago Cubs.
On Saturday, the Cubs won the opening game of the series as Kris Bryant, batting in the leadoff spot in the lineup had three hits. This was the first game Bryant has hit leadoff in his career. Ian Happ helped defensively with a spectacular catch in left field that ended the game. The Cubs have now won three straight and trail first place Milwaukee by just a half game. Pittsburgh lost its second straight game and has fallen back 7 games behind the Brewers. Ben Zobrist had two RBIs while Jason Heyward had a pair of hits and scored a run.
Corey Dickerson leads the Pirates with a .321 batting average and a team high 72 hits. Francisco Cervelli leads the Pirate in home runs with 9 and RBIs with 35. Pittsburgh has a team batting average of .255 while opposing hitters are averaging .254 at the plate against Pirates pitching. On Sunday, the Pirates will send Joe Musgrove to the mound. The right-hander this season is 2-1 with an ERA of 1.89, 17 Ks and 5 BBS.
Albert Almora Jr. leads the Cubs with a .315 batting average. Javier Baez leads in home runs with 14 and RBIs with 46. Chicago has a team batting average of .264 while opposing hitters are averaging .217 at the plate against Cubs pitching. On Sunday, Chicago will send Kyle Hendricks to the mound. The right-hander this season is 4-5 with an ERA of 3.59, 57 Ks, and 17 BBs.