After hectic day, Cubs win fourth in a row, beat Pirates 6-5
A whirlwind day ended with another Cubs win.
Just a few hours after the team announced that president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer and manager David Ross had tested positive for COVID-19, the Cubs went and beat the Pirates 6-5 at Wrigley Field. It was their fourth straight win.
Andy Green served as interim manager for Ross, but he was ejected in the 6th inning after arguing a slide.
“I went out there just for a simple slide rule check,” Green said. “Probably exhibited a little bit of self-control after that, but that conversation didn’t go the way I was hoping that it would go and got a little heated.”
That meant the managerial duties fell to the third in command — but who was that?
“That’s a great question,” Green said with a laugh. “I didn’t stick around to find out. It looked like [pitching coach] Tommy [Hottovy] went on the field late. But at this point in time, your guess is as good as mine. Might be able to find that answer for you tomorrow. But it looked like Tommy to me.”
It was a thrilling win for the Cubs, who showed plenty of flashes from many of their young players.
There was Michael Hermosillo who was 3-for-5 with 3 RBI and finished a triple shy of the cycle. Then there was Frank Schwindel who hit the go-ahead, solo home run in the 6th inning off former Cub Shelby Miller. Schwindel was 3-for-4. Ian Happ had 3 hits, all from the right side.
And the exciting bullpen closed the door on Pittsburgh. Trevor Megill, Codi Heuer and Rowan Wick pitched a perfect 3.1 innings to seal the win. Megill had 3 strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work, picking up his first major league win. Wick struck out all 3 hitters he faced in the 9th. The Cubs are enjoying watching the new-look bullpen going in and shutting offenses down.
“It’s been fun,” starter Alec Mills said. “It’s one those things where, when I came out of the game, especially when Frank hit that homer, it was complete confidence coming in and getting the job done.”