By JOHN PERROTTO, Related Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Newly promoted Oneil Cruz drove in 4 runs and Bligh Madris received three hits in his main league debut, sparking the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 12-1 romp over the Chicago Cubs on Monday evening.
Each rookies had been referred to as up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier within the day and so they delivered instantly.
Cruz, thought-about Pittsburgh’s prime prospect, hit a three-run double to deep heart discipline that capped a four-run third inning to push the Pirates’ result in 7-0. He was taking part in within the third massive league recreation of his profession.
The 6-foot-7 Cruz additionally hit an RBI single in a five-run seventh because the Pirates set a season excessive for runs. He began the ultimate two video games of final season when he grew to become the tallest shortstop in main league historical past.
Madris hit a two-run single within the second inning in his first at-bat the majors. The outfielder keyed a three-run inning that included the primary of Hoy Park’s two sacrifice flies.
Madris grew to become the primary Pirates participant to have a three-hit recreation in his debut since Jason Kendall in 1996.
JT Brubaker (1-7) pitched six scoreless innings for his first win since final Aug. 24, a span of 14 begins.
Brubaker scattered 5 hits whereas putting out 5 and strolling three. He has a 2.65 ERA in his final six begins.
The Pirates took benefit of 5 walks by rookie Caleb Kilian (0-2), who was tagged for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Kilian was making his third profession begin.
Daniel Vogelbach hit a two-run double within the Pirates’ massive seventh inning and Tyler Heineman’s RBI double made it 12-1.
The Cubs scored their run within the seventh on Ian Happ’s single. Happ, Rafael Ortega and Nico Hoerner had two hits apiece.
Each groups got here into Monday having misplaced 11 of their final 13 video games.
Cruz was hitting .232 with 9 house runs and 11 stolen bases in 55 video games at Indianapolis. Madris grew to become the twelfth Pirates participant to make his main league debut this 12 months.
Cruz is the third shortstop in massive league historical past to have seven RBIs in his first three profession video games together with Corridor of Famer Paul Molitor and Trevor Story.
Madris grew to become the primary Pirates participant to have successful, RBI and stolen base in his first massive league recreation since Andrew McCutchen in 2009.
The Cubs recalled outfielder Nelson Velazquez from Triple-A Iowa and optioned right-hander Adrian Sampson to the identical membership.
Velazquez, the Arizona Fall League MVP final 12 months, is considered one of 15 rookies to see motion for the Cubs this season. He debuted Might 30.
The sport was delayed for a couple of minutes within the backside of the second inning when a squirrel ran on to the sphere.
The squirrel appeared to enter from alongside the stands on the third base facet. He then scampered into the left discipline nook.
Three members of the grounds crew had been in a position to coax the critter into exiting the sphere by the bullpen gate.
Cubs: RHP Marcus Stroman (proper shoulder irritation) is predicted to throw a bullpen within the subsequent few days, his first since happening the injured listing June 7.
Pirates: RHP Zach Thompson (proper forearm nerve irritation) was positioned on the 15-day IL and mentioned he believes the damage isn’t severe. The Pirates haven’t determined who will take Thompson’s spot within the rotation. … 1B Yoshi Tsutsugo (lumbar muscle pressure), SS Kevin Newman (left groin/left hamstring strains) and INF/OF Josh VanMeter (fractured proper ring finger) are scheduled to start rehab assignments with Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Cubs: Rookie RHP Matt Swarmer (1-2, 5.23 ERA) will make his fifth profession begin Tuesday evening.
Pirates: Rookie RHP Roansy Contreras (1-1, 3.06) has allowed 4 runs in every of his final two begins.
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