MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi Cubs0 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 4 14133
Pittsburgh0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 550
  W: K. Thompson (7-2)   L: J. Eickhoff (0-1)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, June 22, 2022
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 14,083

Pirates eye first 4-game winning streak, host Cubs

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Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. The Cubs have won six of its last eight road games against Pittsburgh, and since 2000, are 100-88 (.531) against the Pirates on the road. Chicago holds a road winning record against just one other team in that timespan (minimum 20 games played), Houston (56-55, .504).
  2. The Cubs' 41 losses through 66 games are the most losses recorded by the franchise through 66 games since 2012 (44), and, over the past 40 seasons with 66 or more games, they have reached 41+ losses just three times through 66 games (1982, 2012, and 2022).
  3. Caleb Kilian is the third Cubs pitcher to debut within the last 10 seasons to allow eight or more earned runs over their first two career MLB starts. The other two were Adbert Alzolay and Jen-Ho Tseng who both allowed eight earned runs over their first two MLB starts.
  4. The Pirates rank third worst in the MLB with 206 RBI through 65 games this season, which is the tied for the sixth-fewest RBI through Pittsburgh's first 65 games of a season since RBI became an official stat in 1920, and the fewest since recording 204 RBI in 2010.
  5. On Sunday, Jack Suwinski became the first rookie in MLB history to cap a three-homer game with a walk-off blast. He's 17-for-35 (.486) with seven homers and 12 RBI during a 11-game home hitting streak.
  6. JT Brubaker, who is still looking for his first win of the season, is the first Pirates' pitcher with seven or more losses without a single win through at least 13 starts of a season since Joe Gibbon did so in 1965 (0 wins and 8 losses).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/20/2022 thru 6/23/2022

The Pittsburgh Pirates and visiting Chicago Cubs are taking the same approach toward trying to build something. Head-to-head, it's clear which club is making it work for now.

The Pirates have won the first two games of a four-game series by a combined 19-2, getting strong games from both veterans and an influx of rookies and other inexperienced players. Another win Wednesday would give the Pirates their first four-game winning streak of the season.

The Pittsburgh rookies have been garnering a lot of the attention during the team's three-game winning streak, namely outfielders Bligh Madris and Jack Suwinski, and shortstop Oneil Cruz.

"We just try to come out here and play hard every day, try and contribute to a win," Madris told AT&T Sportsnet.

Madris was recalled Monday. In his first two major league games, he has helped the Pirates win by going 4-for-8 with three RBIs, including his first homer Tuesday, and a couple of sliding catches in the outfield.

"That's all we can do -- play hard, try to win every single night, try to put good at-bats together."

The Cubs are employing a similar formula, but without satisfactory results to this point. Chicago has dropped three in a row and 13 of 15.

In Tuesday's 7-1 loss, Chicago's Matt Swarmer gave up five runs in four innings in his fifth career start.

The Cubs have two more games this series against a fellow National League Central team with a similar record to try to right the ship some.

On Wednesday, Chicago right-hander Keegan Thompson (6-2, 3.27 ERA) is expected to face Pittsburgh right-hander Jerad Eickhoff, who has yet to pitch for the Pirates this season.

Eickhoff, who was a non-roster invitee to spring training, is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to make his season and Pirates debut.

He will be filling in for Zach Thompson, who was projected to start Wednesday before he went on the IL on Monday because of a neck issue.

Eickhoff, who has made 80 big-league starts with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets, is 4-3 with a 4.84 ERA at Triple-A, with 47 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings.

Thompson has seven no-decisions, including Friday when he pitched six-plus scoreless, two-hit innings against the Atlanta Braves, a 1-0 Cubs win that snapped a 10-game losing streak.

It was, without much argument, the best outing among Thompson's 13 career starts. He set career bests in innings and strikeouts with nine.

"I think everybody can take a deep sigh of relief," Thompson said.

Cubs manager David Ross said Thompson showed some impressive decisions during the game.

"My core belief -- and I'm probably not the norm in the new age -- is you pitch with your fastball, especially the starter," Ross said. "And he did that. That was what you do. Nobody took good swings. He didn't run to off-speed (pitches). They were tardy on a lot of swings. It was an impressive start."

The game against the Braves was a bounce-back outing after Thompson lasted just a combined 3 2/3 innings and gave up eight hits over his previous two starts.

Thompson will be making his third career start, sixth appearance, against Pittsburgh. He is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA in those games.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 22, 2022

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