By Joseph G. Phillips, Crusader Sports Editor
The Chicago Cubs improved to 6-2 on the season after a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday August 1, at Wrigley Field.
Cubs pitcher Tyler Chatwood dominated the Pirates in his second start of the season, pitching 6⅔ shutout innings and a career high 11 strikeouts in the victory.
The Cubs earned their third straight series win to open the 60-game season.
The Cubs entered Saturday’s game with a major-league leading 12 home runs, surpassing the Detroit Tigers, who recently held the lead which they’ve homered in their first eight games for the first time since 1958, when Ernie Banks led them with 47.
“Obviously you want to get off to a good start,” said Chatwood in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “But I felt good the second half of last year, I felt good in spring training and what I was able to continue doing during that off period. I feel like I kept getting better, and now it’s fun to put it in play against an opposing team.
In addition to Chatwood’s superb pitching performance, Cubs outfielder Ian Happ, who replaced third baseman Kris Bryant in the lineup due to an illness, homered from the leadoff spot in the bottom of the third inning in the Cubs 4-3 victory over the Pirates. Later that inning, Happ was joined by shortstop Javier Baez with a solo shot to center field. The homer was Baez’s third of the season.
Final Score: Cubs 4, Pirates 3.
With the victory, Cubs pitcher Tyler Chatwood improved to 2-0 on the season with a 0.71 ERA.
Chicago Crusader Player of the Game:
Tyler Chatwood, Cubs, 11 Ks, 6 2/3 innings.