Musgrove beats Cubs on the mound, angers them on the bases

PITTSBURGH (AP) Joe Musgrove's fine work on the mound was overshadowed by his aggressiveness on the bases.

Musgrove pitched seven strong innings and his hard slide led to both teams emptying their benches in another tense moment in the series between NL Central rivals, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

Musgrove (2-0) helped end the Pirates' four-game losing streak by overcoming a shaky first inning to allow one run on seven hits and four walks. He also had five strikeouts, five days after pitching seven scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals to win his Pirates debut.

Musgrove slid hard into second baseman Javier Baez to break up a potential double play in the third inning. Baez was knocked off balance but did not hit the ground.

''I slid directly into the bag,'' Musgrove said. ''Yeah, I popped up, but it was because I had nowhere else to go. Yeah, I could have hurt but I wasn't trying to do that. I was just trying to play good, aggressive baseball.''

No punches were thrown as both teams milled around the infield and there were no ejections.

Baez said after the game that he was not upset, and Chicago manager Joe Maddon used the word ''frivolity'' to describe the incident.

''I'm not saying it was a bad slide, but he just went hard, and I asked him `What was that about?''' Baez said. ''He said sorry. Conversation was over. You know, everybody came out because they have to, but sometimes players are just talking and that was the situation there and it was over.''

Umpire crew chief Gerry Davis instituted a video replay review to see if Musgrove interfered with Baez. However, replay officials at Major League Baseball's central office in New York informed Davis that it was not a reviewable play.

The Pirates were angered Monday when Anthony Rizzo's slide upended catcher Elias Diaz at home plate, successfully breaking up a potential double play in the eighth inning of Chicago's 7-0 win.

The umpiring crew and replay officials ruled Rizzo did not interfere with Diaz. However, Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre informed both clubs Tuesday that Rizzo should have been called for interference for swiping Diaz's right leg.

Musgrove began the season on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder. He was acquired with three other players from the Houston Astros in an offseason trade for Gerrit Cole.

''I wasn't trying to get caught in proving anything because I was on a new team, but it does feel good to contribute right away,'' Musgrove said.

Musgrove outpitched Kyle Hendricks (4-4), who surrendered two runs and seven hits in five innings while striking out one and walking one. The Cubs' three-game winning streak was snapped.

''Honestly, I thought I threw pretty good,'' Hendricks said. ''It was more of a battle mentally today for some reason.''

Josh Harrison hit the sixth leadoff home run of his career in the bottom of the first inning and Gregory Polanco put the Pirates ahead 2-1 in the second with a sacrifice fly that scored Corey Dickerson, who led off with a triple. Polanco went 0 for 3 and is hitless in his last 21 at-bats.

Albert Almora Jr. led off the game with a double and scored on Baez's single as the Cubs took a quick 1-0 lead. However, Musgrove struck out Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell to escape a bases-loaded jam and Chicago wound up stranding 11 runners.

Felipe Vazquez pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Kris Bryant to hit a game-ending groundout with two men on, for his 10th save in 13 opportunities. The left-hander blew each of his three previous chances.

Pittsburgh's Colin Moran and Chicago's Jason Heyward had three hits apiece.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish was found to have inflammation in his right triceps but no structural damage after undergoing an MRI. Signed to a $126-million, six-year contract in February as a free agent, Darvish last pitched May 20. ... RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (right shoulder inflammation) was placed on the 10-day disabled list and RHP Cory Mazzoni was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Edwards felt pain after pitching one scoreless inning in Tuesday night's win over the Pirates. Mazzoni got two outs in a scoreless inning.

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli returned to the lineup after missing three games with flu-like symptoms and was 0 for 4. ... RHP Ivan Nova (sprained right ring finger) will miss his second straight start Sunday at St. Louis and either pitch a simulated game or make a minor league rehab start before being activated from the DL. ... LHP Enny Romero (left shoulder impingement) has started throwing off the slope of the mound at extended spring training in Bradenton, Florida.

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana (5-4, 4.78 ERA) will start against Mets RHP Seth Lugo (1-1, 2.48) in the opener of a four-game series at New York. Quintana has a 3.18 ERA in five road starts, compared to a 6.66 mark in five home starts.

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (5-3, 3.43) will face Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty (2-1, 2.15) in the first game of a four-game series at St. Louis. Since winning his first three starts this season, Williams is 2-3 with a 4.14 ERA in eight starts.

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  • W: J. Musgrove (2-0)L: K. Hendricks (4-4)S: F. Vazquez (10)
  • HR: PIT - J. Harrison (2)
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  • a-grounded out for Hendricks in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Wilson in the 9th
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  • a-walked for Musgrove in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Almora (11)
  • RBI - J. Baez (43)
BATTING
  • 3B - C. Dickerson (3)
  • HR - J. Harrison (2)
  • SF - G. Polanco (3)
  • SH - J. Musgrove
  • RBI - J. Harrison (10), G. Polanco (23)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - A. Russell (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Heyward (3)
  • DP - (Baez-Russell-Rizzo)
  • E - A. Russell (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Hendricks (L, 4-4)5.07221113.191.060.5
R. Rosario1.01000000.000.942.0
C. Mazzoni0.20001000.000.60-1.0
J. Wilson1.11001202.821.432.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Hendricks (L, 4-4)5.0
R. Rosario1.0
C. Mazzoni0.2
J. Wilson1.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (W, 2-0)7.07114500.641.1421.5
K. Crick (H, 1)1.00000102.041.363.5
F. Vazquez (S, 10)1.02000103.221.398.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (W, 2-0)7.0
K. Crick (H, 1)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 10)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - K. Hendricks (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 71-49, R. Rosario 10-7, C. Mazzoni 8-2, J. Wilson 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 5-8, R. Rosario 2-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 22, R. Rosario 3, C. Mazzoni 3, J. Wilson 6
  • Balks - J. Wilson
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Musgrove
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 100-65, K. Crick 12-10, F. Vazquez 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 10-5, K. Crick 1-1, F. Vazquez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 31, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 5
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K. Bryant 3B40000113.281.396.519.9150.5
A. Rizzo 1B30000101.232.345.411.7561.0
W. Contreras C30100100.273.363.466.8292.0
K. Schwarber LF40000014.250.374.507.880-0.5
A. Russell SS40200023.265.342.373.7161.0
J. Heyward RF30300100.256.336.384.7204.0
K. Hendricks P20000022.080.080.120.200-1.0
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  • a-grounded out for Hendricks in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Wilson in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B41211002.286.327.408.7357.0
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F. Cervelli C40000006.276.394.515.9090.0
J. Bell 1B40100003.254.323.383.7061.0
C. Dickerson LF41100011.308.344.492.8373.5
C. Moran 3B40300011.275.359.416.7752.5
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J. Mercer SS30100000.251.313.389.7011.0
J. Musgrove P10100000.667.667.6671.3331.0
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  • a-walked for Musgrove in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Almora (11)
  • RBI - J. Baez (43)
BATTING
  • 3B - C. Dickerson (3)
  • HR - J. Harrison (2)
  • SF - G. Polanco (3)
  • SH - J. Musgrove
  • RBI - J. Harrison (10), G. Polanco (23)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - A. Russell (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Heyward (3)
  • DP - (Baez-Russell-Rizzo)
  • E - A. Russell (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Hendricks (L, 4-4)5.07221113.191.060.5
R. Rosario1.01000000.000.942.0
C. Mazzoni0.20001000.000.60-1.0
J. Wilson1.11001202.821.432.0
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PITCHERSIP
K. Hendricks (L, 4-4)5.0
R. Rosario1.0
C. Mazzoni0.2
J. Wilson1.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (W, 2-0)7.07114500.641.1421.5
K. Crick (H, 1)1.00000102.041.363.5
F. Vazquez (S, 10)1.02000103.221.398.5
Total9.0911470---
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (W, 2-0)7.0
K. Crick (H, 1)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 10)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - K. Hendricks (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 71-49, R. Rosario 10-7, C. Mazzoni 8-2, J. Wilson 18-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 5-8, R. Rosario 2-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 22, R. Rosario 3, C. Mazzoni 3, J. Wilson 6
  • Balks - J. Wilson
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Musgrove
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 100-65, K. Crick 12-10, F. Vazquez 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 10-5, K. Crick 1-1, F. Vazquez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 31, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 5
  • 2ND INNING
    Polanco hit sacrifice fly to center, Dickerson scored12
  • 1ST INNING
    Harrison homered to right11
    Baez singled to right, Almora scored, Baez to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Kyle Crick
    • J. Heyward: Heyward singled to right
    • Ben Zobrist hit for Justin Wilson
    • B. Zobrist: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zobrist struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Almora flied out to right
    • J. Baez: Foul, Baez reached on an infield single to first, Heyward to second
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bryant grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Contreras grounded out to second
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Schwarber lined out to center
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Wilson Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Bell flied out to right
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • C. Moran: Moran singled to center
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora grounded out to third
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Baez grounded out to third
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Rizzo popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Cory Mazzoni relieved Randy Rosario
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer flied out to right
    • Adam Frazier hit for Joe Musgrove
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • J. Harrison: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Harrison flied out to right
    • Justin Wilson relieved Cory Mazzoni
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Meadows walked, Frazier to second
    • F. Cervelli: Frazier to third, Meadows to second on balk, Ball, Cervelli flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Contreras grounded out to second
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber grounded out to first
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Ball, Russell reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Heyward: Heyward singled to left center, Russell to third
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Kyle Hendricks
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, La Stella grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Randy Rosario pitching
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dickerson grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran reached on an infield single to second
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Polanco grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Moran out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Foul, Baez popped out to second
    • K. Bryant: Bryant grounded out to first
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mercer singled to center
    • J. Musgrove: Musgrove hit sacrifice bunt to first, Mercer to second
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harrison singled to right center, Mercer to third, Harrison to second
    • A. Meadows: Meadows intentionally walked
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cervelli popped out to first
    • J. Bell: Bell grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Russell singled to right
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heyward walked, Russell to second
    • K. Hendricks: Russell picked off at second, pitcher to shortstop, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hendricks struck out looking
    • A. Almora: Almora flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Bell singled to shallow right center
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Dickerson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Dickerson to second, Bell out at second on shortstop Russell fielding error
    • C. Moran: Moran singled to right, Dickerson out at home
    • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Polanco flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Contreras singled to left
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Schwarber fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • J. Musgrove: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Musgrove singled to right
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harrison reached on fielder's choice to third, Musgrove out at second
    • A. Meadows: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Meadows popped out to first
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Cervelli flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Heyward singled to left
    • K. Hendricks: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hendricks struck out looking
    • A. Almora: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Almora reached on fielder's choice to second, Heyward out at second
    • J. Baez: Baez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Almora out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickerson tripled to deep left
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Moran struck out looking
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco hit sacrifice fly to center, Dickerson scored
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Mercer grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Almora doubled to left center
    • J. Baez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Baez singled to right, Almora scored, Baez to second
    • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Ball, Bryant popped out to third
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo intentionally walked
    • W. Contreras: Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Contreras walked, Baez to third, Rizzo to second
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • A. Russell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Hendricks Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Harrison homered to right
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Meadows popped out to second
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli popped out to first
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell lined out to left
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)