Kyle Schwarber found the quickest way to get back in his manager's good graces: hit the ball hard and deliver in the clutch. The Chicago Cubs left fielder responded to a very public benching by first-year manager David Ross by doubling twice and driving in two insurance runs with a shot to the gap in right-center field in the eighth inning to push the Cubs past the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Monday night. Neither did Ross, who gave Schwarber a hug at one point.
Chicago Cubs (32-22, first in the NL Central) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (15-39, fifth in the NL Central) Pittsburgh; Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. EDT LINE: Cubs favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh enters the matchup as losers of their last five games. The Pirates are 13-24 against the rest of their division.
Jared Oliva became the latest Arizona Wildcat to reach the big leagues, receiving a call-up from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. With there being no minor league season this year due to COVID-19, Oliva had been training at the Pirates’ alternate site in Altoona. He has played all three outfield spots since being selected by Pittsburgh in the seventh round of the 2017 MLB Draft, and has a posted .