Chicago Cubs (68-90, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (59-99, fifth in the NL Central)
Pittsburgh; Thursday, 6:35 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Justin Steele (3-4, 5.04 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 52 strikeouts) Pirates: TBD
Chicago Cubs (67-90, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (59-98, fifth in the NL Central)
Pittsburgh; Wednesday, 6:35 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (14-7, 4.81 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 126 strikeouts) Pirates: Roansy Contreras (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
CHICAGO (AP) — Frank Schwindel hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs topped the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Monday for their season-high seventh straight win.
Schwindel’s single through the right side scored Alfonso Rivas, who started the rally with a pinch-hit single off Michael Lorenzen (0-2) and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Michael Hermosillo homered for the first time since 2018, Ian Happ and Sergio Alcántara also went deep, and the depleted Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Wednesday, taking two of three from their playoff-contending NL Central rivals.