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2017 Schedule
12-9, 1st in NL Cent
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Gift Ngoepe's inspirational MLB debut (1:06)
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Ngoepe makes history in Pirates' win (1:13)

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Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo gave one just enough pop to send it past right field in the eighth inning for his fifth homer of the season.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his outing on Wednesday where he gave up 10 hits and 5 earned runs. Despite those numbers he wasn't displeased with how he threw the ball.

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Rivero with web gem worthy play off the mound (0:27)
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Bell mashes solo shot to left (0:30)
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Gift Ngoepe records first MLB hit (0:26)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs dropped the finale to the Pirates on Wednesday, 6-5, after getting down 5-1 early, Jon Lester gave up 10 hits including two home runs as he wasn't very sharp going 5.2 innings. The Cubs left 13 on base as they had chances throughout the night. Anthony Rizzo homered late in the contest but it wasn't enough as the Cubs drop to 4-2 on their road trip.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo now has 20 career home runs against the Pirates tying the Reds for most against any opponent. (ESPN Stats) He hit 18, 19 and 20 over the weekend in Cincinnati making it four long balls in his last 6 games.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester allowed at least five runs in consecutive starts for the third time since joining the Cubs after going 5.2 innings on Wednesday against the Pirates. He allowed 10 hits and 5 earned runs including two home runs. That makes 19 hits off Lester in his last two starts. His ERA is 3.68.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Before the game today the book Outliers came up with Joe Maddon in regards to birthdays, which led him to tell reporters what he likes to do during games; "I watch the scoreboard all the time for birthdays. I try to remember where I was on that date. I play that game with all the birthdays."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon had a thought regarding former Cub Chris Coghlan's acrobatic slide at home plate last night: "That's otherworldly right there. That's something you see Bo Jackson or Dick Fosbury (do). That also, I think, is a residual of the blocking home plate rule. He could have run him over but internally probably felt like he couldn't, instead putting himself at risk by landing on his head. I want to make a point of that also." Maddon is not a fan of the rule.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his first visits to Boston where the Cubs play this weekend.

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Pirates' Ngoepe, 1st African in MLB, gets 1st hit

Pirates rookie infielder Gift Ngoepe became the first African player to reach the majors and then collected his first major league hit. "It was just awesome," he said.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs flip flopped Kyle Hendricks and Brett Anderson in the rotation so Hendricks will pitch Sunday night in Boston while Anderson will start the home stand against the Phillies on Monday. It gets another lefty into the Philadelphia series.

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Add Chris Coghlan's slide to the list of acrobatic plays (2:03)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is Kyle Hendricks discussing his outing,

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Cubs blank Pirates (1:04)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kyle Hendricks discuss finding his game around the third inning in the Cubs 1-0 win over the Pirates on Tuesday.

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Hendricks outduels Cole, Cubs top Pirates 1-0

Kyle Hendricks rediscovered his 2016 form, limiting the Pittsburgh Pirates to four hits over six innings to outduel Gerrit Cole and lead the Chicago Cubs to a 1-0 win on Tuesday night.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs won 1-0 over the Pirates on Tuesday, scoring on an unearned run in the second inning. It's the first time they won a game without registering an RBI since July, 2011. The story of the game was Kyle Hendricks who was actually being out pitched by Pirates starter Gerritt Cole early on. But Hendricks locked in after a couple innings and looked like his old self. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Pirates were 0 for 6 in at bats which ended on a change up. The Cubs have won another series with a chance at a sweep on Wednesday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks is pitching a gem for the Cubs as he's through 6 innings having given up 4 hits and 2 walks without giving up a run. The outing started shaky, as have his other starts this year, but he locked in just in time to match Gerritt Cole pitch for pitch. The Cubs lead 1-0 in the seventh on an unearned run,

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs1094th
Batting Average.2576th
On Base Percentage.3442nd
Slugging Percentage.41113th
Earned Run Average3.657th
Quality Starts8Tied-23rd
WHIP1.2510th
BAA.2264th

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