Let’s just be honest here. Neither the Pittsburgh Pirates nor the Chicago Cubs is very good this season. Neither are headed to the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean they can’t put on a great game as they did on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The Cubs, somehow, are the league’s hottest team right now, and with their 11-8 win they made it six in a row. They accomplished it after getting not one but two grand slams in the contest.
The first came from the bat of Matt Duffy and put them up 7-5 in the bottom of the third. But the Pirates roared back and would take an 8-7 lead after six. That’s when Frank Schwindel stepped up and provided another grand slam to put them up for good. That was his fourth homer this month, a remarkable achievement for someone that’s basically a 29 year-old rookie. Elsewhere, Javier Baez and the Mets continued to play fine baseball as they attempt to remain in the playoff hunt. Baez went 4-4 in a 13-6 win over the Washington Nationals. He drove in two runs; one coming on a first-inning single and the other on a solo blast in the third. Kevin Pillar hit a grand slam, to continue that theme, in the outing as well. The Mets are now third in the NL East and 3.5 back of the Braves.