CHICAGO — Keegan Thompson mixed with three relievers on a five-hitter, and the Chicago Cubs shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second straight recreation, a 7-0 win Tuesday evening that prolonged their successful streak to a season-best 4.
Jonathan Villar hit a go-ahead, solo homer within the third and added an RBI single.
Cubs starters have posted a 2.37 ERA over their final eight video games and Chicago is 6-2 in that stretch. Thompson has added to the success.
“I anticipate Keegan grabbing the ball and doing what we ask him to do,” Chicago supervisor David Ross mentioned. “He’s definitely starter depth for us, but he’s also really valuable in the role he’s been filling for us.”
Thompson (3-0) allowed 4 hits and 4 walks in 5 innings, whereas placing out 5 in his second begin this season. The right-hander, pressed into the rotation final week, lowered his ERA to 1.41.
“I’m just going out there and doing what they ask me to do, whether it’s start or coming out of the ‘pen,” Thompson mentioned. “I don’t really have a role, I don’t think. I’m just trying to give innings and give the team a chance to win.”
Pittsburgh has one run in its last 30 innings and has not scored since the eighth inning Sunday, when the Pirates beat Cincinnati 1-0 despite not getting any hits. The Pirates had five hits Tuesday and have just nine in three games, dropping their batting average to .223. The shutout was the fifth against Pittsburgh this season.
“We’ve gotten down the last few days big, and we can’t even do anything because of the fact that we’re down,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “But we have got to determine the best way to have higher at-bats, and now we have to determine methods to get scoring alternatives.”
After a tough begin, the Cubs immediately do not have that downside.
Pinch-hitter Christopher Morel homered within the ninth in his first main league at-bat, connecting on a full-count fastball from Chase De Jong to turned the primary Cubs participant to go deep in his first at-bat since Willson Contreras on June 19, 2016.
Morel advised Contreras earlier within the recreation that he deliberate to homer in his first plate look. After falling behind 0-2, he battled again within the rely and cracked a drive deep to left.
“He told me and I felt like he was going to get something done,” Contreras mentioned. “Once I saw the ball going out, it was a no-doubt. That kid had some pop in his bat.”
Cubs reliever Daniel Norris left after one out within the sixth due to proper Achilles soreness. Brandon Hughes, a 26-year-old left-hander, made his main league debut and recorded his first 5 outs through strikeouts, whereas strolling one.
Mark Leiter Jr. allowed one hit over the ultimate two innings.
JT Brubaker (0-4) gave up six runs — 4 earned — and 6 hits in six innings whereas placing out a career-high 10.
Rookie Seiya Suzuki doubled in two runs to spark a five-run fourth inning. Frank Schwindel additionally had an RBI double on a cold, drizzly evening as Chicago improved to 6-11 at Wrigley Field.
Portly Pittsburgh designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach, listed at 6 toes and 270 kilos, chugged out the primary triple in his seven-year huge profession with one out within the fourth.
Vogelbach lofted a drive to the bend in Wrigley’s left-field wall the place Ian Happ jumped, however couldn’t make the catch. The ball caromed to the left-field nook, giving Vogelbach time rumble into third.
The subsequent hitter, Yoshi Tsutsugo, lifted a fly down the appropriate discipline line that was caught by Suzuki. Vogelbach tried to attain, however was thrown out and didn’t even attain the plate on his slide.
Contreras gave Vogelbach what appeared to by a playful pat, however the two began jawing and each benches emptied. The confrontation didn’t final lengthy and gamers went again to their dugouts and bullpens.
“I slid in,” Vogelbach mentioned. “His mask went in my side. Just doesn’t feel good when a mask goes in your side, so I threw it away more than anything to get it away from me.
“I believe he thought I used to be upset with him. I’m not likely positive.”
Contreras said he knows Vogelbach from time together in the minors.
“I put the tag on him and was just basically checking on him,” Contreras said. “He overreacted. He kind of surprised me.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. We won the ballgame and they got shut out.”
The Cubs recalled INF/OF Morel from Double-A Tennessee and optioned LHP Conner Menez to Iowa on Tuesday.
Pirates: SS Kevin Newman (groin) went 0 for 2 with a walk as he began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Cubs: Placed OF Jason Heyward on the IL with no designation and selected contract of Hughes from Triple-A Iowa. Manager David Ross said Heyward is “doing OK” and added “he had some real stuff” that included body aches and hydration issues. Heyward, a five-time Gold Glove winner, is the third Cub recently put on the IL with no designation. … RHPs Marcus Stroman and David Robertson also have been sidelined. Stroman has been cleared to return and threw a bullpen session on Tuesday.
Cubs LHP Drew Smyly (1-4, 3.64) is slated to start on Wednesday in the season finale. The Pirates have not announced a starter.