Rivas hits slam as Cubs blast Pirates 14-5
Thursday, June 23, 2022

(PITTSBURGH) – Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom hit two-run homers early and Alfonso Rivas added a grand slam off a position player late as the Chicago Cubs routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-5 Wednesday night. LINKC. Happ sent a first-pitch fastball to the shrubbery atop the center field wall. The Pittsburgh native continued his torrid June and is now hitting .380 with eight RBI and three home runs this month. He said being decisive and aggressive has helped fuel his strong month. Wisdom homered to nearly the same spot in the ballpark in the fourth. Jared Eickhoff made his 2022 debut and allowed 10 runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Chicago starter Keegan Thompson (7-2) worked six innings and allowed four hits. He struck out seven and gave up one run, a solo homer in the second. With the game out of hand late, Diego Castillo moved from second base to the mound to pitch the ninth inning for Pittsburgh. He loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter before Rivas hit a 65-mph offering to the right field seats for his first career grand slam.

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