Rivas slam, Happ and Wisdom homer, Cubs rout Pirates 14-5

Chicago broke out with seven runs in the second inning, resulting in the 14-5 win over Pittsburg

PITTSBURGH — Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom hit two homers early and Alfonso Rivas late added a grand slam from a position player as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-5 on Wednesday night.

A total of two runs were played in the first two games of the series, Chicago breaking out for seven runs in the second inning.

The Cubs loaded the bases and Jared Eickhoff (0-1) then hit Rivas with a pitch. Rafael Ortega doubled to score two goals and Patrick Wisdom scored two more singles and put Happ in play.

Happ sent a first-pitch fastball into the bushes on the midfield wall. The Pittsburgh native continued his hot June and is now .380 this month with eight RBIs and three home runs. He said his determination and aggressiveness helped fuel his strong month.

“I’m just trying to see something up in the zone,” Happ said. “I got a good throw there and was able to capitalize. … You need some of those little confidence boosts and then you try to sit it out.

Wisdom landed in almost the same place in the stadium in the fourth.

Eickhoff made his debut in 2022, allowing 10 runs with 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. He was the Pirates’ first pitcher to give up 10 carries on his first pitch with the team. He also gave up 10 runs in his first start with the New York Mets in 2021.

Chicago starter Keegan Thompson (7-2) worked six innings and conceded four hits. He struck seven and gave up a run, a solo homer by Diego Castillo in the second.

With the game getting out of control late, Castillo switched from second base to the mound to set up the ninth inning for Pittsburgh. He charged the bases with two walks and a hit batter before Rivas hit a 65-mph bid for proper field seats for his first career grand slam.

Later in the inning, Chicago manager David Ross let relief pitcher David Robertson go to the plate instead of fielding his designated batsman. The infielder knocked out the pitcher to end the inning.

The easy moment was appreciated by the 25-43 Cubs, who have been on the other side of some one-sided results this season.

“His teammates definitely enjoyed it,” said Ross. “It was fun. It’s the first time I’ve laughed in the dugout in a while.”

After seemingly giving up the game by setting up Castillo, the Pirates didn’t walk away quietly in the ninth. Oneil Cruz ran a grounder at Castillo and now has a career-starting RBI in all five games, including three games this season.

“It was The Diego Castillo Show,” said Pirates manager Derek Shelton. “Tomorrow at 12:30 you’re trying to save arms, you end up throwing a positional player – and sometimes positional players throw it and it becomes a game in itself.”

Fellow rookie Bligh Madris hit a three-run double later in the inning after two Chicago errors.

Pirates: RHP Heath Hembree appointed to order to make room for Eickhoff.

Cubs: LHP Drew Smyly (oblique) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday.

Pirates: OF Jake Marisnick (left thumb surgery) has been moved from the COVID-19 IL to the 60-day IL. He begins a rehab mission next week, but won’t be able to activate until July 12th. … BY Ben Gamel (left hamstring) will be going into rehab this week. …OF Greg Allen (left hamstring) will be out at least until the All-Star break.

Cubs LHP Justin Steele (2-5, 4.27 ERA) will take on Pirates LHP José Quintana (1-4, 3.66) on Thursday afternoon.

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Emma Bowman

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