Alfonso Rivas drives in 5 as Cubs pound Pirates 21-0

Apr 23, 2022, 2:29 AM | Updated: 3:33 pm
Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Rivas watches after hitting a one-run single during the fifth inning of a bas...

Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Rivas watches after hitting a one-run single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Chicago, Saturday, April 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) — Alfonso Rivas had three hits and five RBIs, and the Chicago Cubs stopped a four-game slide by pounding the Pittsburgh Pirates 21-0 on Saturday.

Rivas, who was recalled Friday from Triple-A Iowa, capped Chicago’s eight-run second with a three-run homer. He tacked on RBI singles in the fourth and fifth.

Rivas is 5 for 11 over his two stints with the Cubs this year.

“He’s pretty in tune to what’s going on,” manager David Ross said.

The Cubs finished with 23 hits in their most lopsided shutout win dating to at least 1901. Their 21 runs were their most since scoring 26 at Colorado on Aug. 18, 1995, and their 21-run margin was their largest since beating the Boston Braves 24-2 on July 3, 1945.

Nico Hoerner collected a career-high four hits, and Seiya Suzuki, Willson Contreras and Ian Happ had three hits apiece.

Each player that batted for the Cubs (7-8) collected at least one hit and scored at least one run.

It was more than enough support for Kyle Hendricks (1-1), who pitched seven innings of two-hit ball. Sean Newcomb worked the eighth in his Cubs debut and Scott Effross finished the three-hitter.

“It was easy to pitch to contact,” Hendricks said.

The Pirates (7-8) have lost four of their last six games. It was the largest loss in Pirates history, and the 21 runs equaled the most they have allowed since May 25, 1954, at the New York Giants.

Zach Thompson (0-2) was tagged for nine runs — four earned — and nine hits in two innings.

Thompson allowed four consecutive hits with one out in the second before shortstop Kevin Newman committed errors on consecutive plays. Newman has been charged with four errors in 12 games after making three in 132 games in 2021.

“I’ll try to flush it,” Newman said.

The Pirates’ bullpen, which held the Cubs scoreless for 10 1/3 innings in the first two games of the four-game set, allowed 12 earned runs over the final six innings. Infielder/outfielder Diego Castillo pitched the eighth and allowed four runs.

Eighteen of the Cubs’ hits were singles. Suzuki, Contreras and Happ hit consecutive doubles to start a five-run fifth.

“I like 21 any way we can get it,” Ross said.

WORTH NOTING

The Pirates and Cubs are the only major league teams to each have a 20-run shutout against the other, according to STATS. The Pirates beat the Cubs 22-0 on Sept. 16, 1975.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: 2B Josh VanMeter was scratched because of an illness.

Cubs: OF Clint Frazier (appendicitis) underwent successful surgery. “I got a pretty funny text back saying he’s ready to rake,” Ross said. “He seems to be doing well.”

UP NEXT

Pirates RHP J.T. Brubaker (0-1, 9.82 ERA) pitches in the series finale Sunday. Brubaker allowed four runs in five innings Tuesday in a 5-2 loss to the Brewers.

Cubs LHP Justin Steele (1-1, 4.30 ERA) takes the mound. Steele was tagged for four runs in 2 2/3 innings Tuesday in a 6-5 loss to the Rays.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Bump & Stacy Show

AP

Xander Schauffele, left, and Patrick Cantlay shake hands after finishing the third round of the Tra...
Associated Press

Schauffele takes 1-shot lead over buddy Cantlay at Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Xander Schauffele shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over good friend and playing partner Patrick Cantlay into the final round of the Travelers Championship. Schauffele had a 17-under 193 total at TPC River Highlands. Cantlay shot 63. Rookie Sahith Theegala was third at 14 under after […]
16 hours ago
Baltimore Orioles' Jorge Mateo hits a double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the...
Associated Press

Mateo slugs Orioles past White Sox for 4th straight win

CHICAGO (AP) — Jorge Mateo homered and doubled to lead the Orioles over the Chicago White Sox 6-2 Saturday, giving Baltimore its first four-game winning streak this season. Lance Lynn (1-1) retired eight straight batters before Mateo lifted a solo homer just over the left-center fence to put Baltimore ahead in the third. Baltimore coughed […]
16 hours ago
Associated Press

Sydney McLaughlin does it again, breaks own world record

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin bested her own world record in the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. outdoor track and field championships Saturday. McLaughlin flashed a broad smile when her time was announced, then gave a thumbs-up. She crossed the finish line in 51.41 seconds, breaking her own record of 51.46 set […]
16 hours ago
St. Louis Cardinals' Ivan Herrera watches his sacrifice fly to score Edmundo Sosa during the eighth...
Associated Press

Herrera’s 8th inning sac fly helps Cardinals beat Cubs 5-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Iván Herrera hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning for his first career RBI and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 Saturday. Juan Yepez lined a one-out double to the left field wall off Cubs reliever Mark Leiter Jr. (1-2) in the eighth, and pinch-runner Edmundo […]
16 hours ago
In Gee Chun, of South Korea, left, looks for her ball in the rough on the 16th hole during the thir...
Associated Press

Chun shoots 75, lead down to 3 at Women’s PGA Championship

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — This was the moment the rest of the field needed: In Gee Chun standing near the trees, contemplating her situation and then eventually heading back to the point of her previous shot. A shaky third round cut her lead at the Women’s PGA Championship in half. Chun shot a 3-over 75 […]
16 hours ago
Tampa Bay Rays' Isaac Paredes celebrates after hitting a two-run winning single to defeat the Pitts...
Associated Press

Paredes hits 2-run single as Rays rally past Pirates 6-5

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Isaac Paredes hit a solo homer in the eighth inning and a two-run single with two outs in the ninth, sending the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Ji-Man Choi and Vidal Bruján reached on two-out walks before Jonathan Aranda’s pinch-hit single loaded the […]
16 hours ago
Alfonso Rivas drives in 5 as Cubs pound Pirates 21-0