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Joe Musgrove cruised through seven innings and the Pirates snapped a
five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory on Saturday night.
Musgrove (5-7) allowed one run on five hits with seven strikeouts. He has
gone seven innings and surrendered two runs or fewer in four of his past five
“We’ve been throwing the ball really well,” Musgrove said. “The starters have
been giving us a chance to win. We got two really good performances in a row
from (Ivan) Nova and Trevor (Williams), so you don’t want to give up five or six
runs and get rocked, and have that string of good performances end.”
Pittsburgh won for the second time in eight games. The first-place Cubs had
their three-game winning streak snapped after 1-0 victories in the first two
games of the series.
Felipe Vazquez retired the side in order with two strikeouts in the ninth
inning for his 27th save.
The Pirates’ three runs came in the second inning, when Adam Frazier had an
RBI double after Josh Bell and Francisco Cervelli walked to start the inning.
That ended Pittsburgh’s streak of 24 innings without a run scored.
Frazier’s double off Tyler Chatwood (4-6) drove in Bell from second and gave
the Pirates a 1-0 lead. A groundout from Colin Moran scored Cervelli before
Adeiny Hechavarria hit a sacrifice fly to left field, allowing Frazier to score
and make it 3-0.
“It wasn’t a whole lot different than the last two nights. It really wasn’t,”
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “We gave up three runs in one inning, otherwise
you had yourself another 1-0 game. Bullpen was outstanding. Of course, Chatwood
struggled. That was obvious. Offensively, we have to get it together on
Musgrove got out of a jam with the Pirates leading 3-1 in the fifth inning.
He allowed consecutive one-out singles by Wilson Contreras and Tommy La Stella,
but with runners on the corners, Musgrove struck out Addison Russell and got Ben
Zobrist to fly out to end the inning.
“He was very Nick
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secondary pitches were top shelf, especially the changeup. The changeup was a
swing-and-miss pitch. It was the separator. The fastball played to both sides.
The curveball was good. He had command of four pitches.”
Chatwood, who has walked 93 batters in 101 2/3 innings this season, lasted
just two innings before being pulled after walking Corey Dickerson to lead off
the third. He threw 37 pitches (21 strikes) and allowed the three runs on two
hits with three walks.
“Just keep working. It’s the only thing I can do,” Chatwood said. “I’m
fighting myself and I’m trying to beat another team. So, it feels like I’m
fighting uphill. All you can do is keep trying to come back and regain the form
I had in the past.”
Before Chatwood exited, Zobrist homered to right field, cutting the Pirates’
lead to 3-1 in the third.
Cubs: Zobrist replaced OF Ian Happ in the lineup. Happ entered as a pinch
hitter in the seventh and reached first on an error by Frazier before taking
over in center field in the bottom half of the inning. Happ had one of Chicago’s
six hits Friday, but struck out twice in four at-bats.
Pirates: After losing 1-0 for a second straight game Friday, Pittsburgh made
two lineup adjustments, with Frazier replacing Josh Harrison at second base and
Moran taking over for David Freese at third. Harrison Mitchell
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were a combined 1 for 7 Friday.
Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana (10-9, 4.46) will attempt to regain his form when he
takes the mound for the series finale against the Pirates on Sunday. In his past
four starts, Quintana has allowed at least five runs three times, including in
each of his past two appearances.
Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (9-9, 3.66) will bring momentum from his recent
starts when he faces the Cubs on Sunday. He has allowed three earned runs or
fewer in 14 straight starts since surrendering six on eight hits in a 7-2 loss
to the Cincinnati Reds on May 22.
TAMPA, Fla. — Jon Cooper isn’t looking ahead by any means, but the Tampa Bay
coach fully recognizes the opportunity to rest his team if the Lightning can
close out their opening-round series with the New Jersey Devils by winning Game
5 on Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena.
“If you have a chance to win a series, do it,” Cooper explained Friday with
his team staked to a 3-1 series lead after a 3-1 win on Wednesday night in
Newark. “It’s the travel, it’s the wear. Just to get the mental and physical
rest, to sit around and hope all the other series go deep. If you have this
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The Lightning have looked like the Eastern Conference’s top seed in building
a 3-1 lead against the Devils, who had won all three regular-season meetings
with Tampa Bay.
The Lightning have scored consistently — 15 goals in four games — and have
shored up one key area of concern in their penalty-kill unit. It ranked among
the league’s worst in the regular season, but has been stellar of late, holding
the Devils to 2 of 16 on power plays in the last three games..
New Jersey has already switched goalies, moving on from Keith Kincaid in the
middle of Game 2 after he gave up nine goals in less than five periods. Cory
Schneider has been better, and Devils coach John Hynes said he feels confident
in his team being able to take the series back to New Jersey for Game 6.
“I think we’re right there,” he said Friday. “I think we’re prepared. We’re
ready to play. Let’s get at it.”
Hynes had no update on whether defenseman Sami Vatanen would go Saturday
after sustaining an upper-body injury on a check by Lightning star Nikita
Kucherov, who was not suspended by the league. Kucherov has been the series’
leading scorer, with four goals and five assists, far more than New Jersey’s
Taylor Hall, who has just two goals and four assists.
Schneider will have his hands full containing the Lightning on its home ice.
In addition to Kucherov, Alex Killorn has four goals Luke
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assists as well.
“(Schneider) looks a lot more confident. He’s playing the calm game, the
quiet game, and it’s nice to see him come in there and play the way he has,”
The Lightning have stayed with top goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy throughout the
series — he’s now one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, just as top
defenseman Victor Hedman is a finalist for the Norris Trophy.
What those two can earn for sure is a few days’ rest with a win Saturday,
knowing other series are already locked in for at least six games, if not
Tampa Bay would face the winner of the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs,
where Boston is in the same position with a 3-1 series lead. But Columbus and
Washington will play at least six games, as will Philadelpha and Pittsburgh,
potentially giving Tampa Bay and Boston an extended rest before the second