Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs beat Pirates in a thrilling Little League Classic

Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs beat Pirates in a thrilling Little League Classic

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In the Little League Classic in Williamsport, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburg Pirates in a style which also concluded their road trip on Sunday night in victory. Anthony Rizzo had his 23rd home run for this season and hit the base in all five plate appearances and in the process had been driving a pair of runs. Nicholas Castellanos and Jason Heyward, both launched long balls to conclude a victory whereas Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs.

Jose Quintana hit seven shutout innings for the Chicago Cubs striking seven batters with scattering five hits to secure a victory. It was a convincing win for the Cubs with great performances all around.

Kimbrel who was activated on Sunday from the injured list, gave up a home run on the first pitch he threw to Starling Marte and during two-third of the innings, he notched two strikeouts. Kimbrel played a key role in the victory of the Cubs. Cubs got a wonderful start in the game as they got lead in the first inning of the game.

The Cubs were right on board at the beginning where Castellanos over the left-field wall was poking a home run in the first innings by bringing the Cubs to 1-0. On the other hand, Heyward pitched a solo home run in third innings to bring the lead to two. Schwarber helped the Cubs to reach 4-0 edge by an RBI single to left field and scored two runs in the fourth innings.

In the fifth, the Cubs scored three runs more where Kris Bryant smacked an RBI double on the left field and Rizzo hammered a home run on the opposite field bringing the scoreboard to 7-0.

That must be all the Cubs and Quintana need as they had won their consecutive second game by finishing the road trip with 4-6. The Cubs needed this victory for ending the road trip at a positive note.

After a break on Monday, the Cubs will be back in the field on Tuesday for playing their first game in the Friendly Confines with a six-game homestand and will welcome the San Francisco Giants.

Staff writer for the Chicago Morning Star

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