OOTP: Pirates Open a Three Game Series Against the Cubs

The following is part of our simulation of the 2020 Pittsburgh Pirates season, using Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP). We simulate the season each day, as it was originally scheduled, and with no input from any of us, all to give you a Pirates team to follow this year. You can follow the simulation by inning and make it seem like a game, or you can skip to the end and find out what happens.

The Pirates currently sit two games under .500, and in fourth place in the NL Central. They open a three game series against the Cubs tonight, who are currently behind them in the NL Central standings.

Lineups

1st Inning

Happ flies out to center. Baez pops out on a bunt attempt. Bryant grounds out to short.

Dyson flies out to left. Frazier grounds out to first. Bell walks. Reynolds strikes out.

Pirates 0, Cubs 0

2nd Inning

Schwarber grounds out to first. Caratini singles on a line drive to center. Contreras grounds into a 5-4-3 double play.

Polanco flies out to center. Newman flies out to right. Hayes singles on a line drive to left-center. Maile grounds out to second.

Pirates 0, Cubs 0

3rd Inning

Markakis grounds out to second. Almora doubles to left field. Quintana strikes out. Happ singles, moving Almora to third. Baez doubles to left, scoring both runners. Bryant doubles to left-center, bringing in another run. Schwarber strikes out.

Musgrove grounds out to short. Dyson flies out to center. Frazier singles to right-center. Bell strikes out.

Cubs 3, Pirates 0

4th Inning

Caratini grounds out back to the mound. Contreras is hit by a pitch. Markakis grounds into a 4-6 fielder’s choice. Almora flies out to right.

Reynolds pops out to third. Polanco strikes out. Newman singles. Hayes grounds into a 5-4 fielder’s choice.

Cubs 3, Pirates 0

5th Inning

Quintana grounds out to third. Happ strikes out. Baez singles up the middle. Bryant flies out to right.

Maile grounds out to short. Musgrove pops out to first. Dyson singles on a hard grounder through the right side of the infield. Frazier singles on a grounder past the shortstop, with Dyson stopping at second. Bell singles up the middle, scoring Dyson. Reynolds grounds out to short.

Cubs 3, Pirates 1

6th Inning

Schwarber grounds out to second. Caratini singles to center. Contreras singles through the left side. Dovydas Neverauskas enters in relief. Markakis singles to left, scoring Caratini. Almora flies out to center, with Markakis tagging up and taking third. Quintana strikes out.

Polanco walks. Newman singles, moving Polanco to second. James Norwood enters to pitch for the Cubs. Hayes singles on a line drive to right-center, scoring Polanco. Maile strikes out. Kevin Kramer enters as a pinch hitter and draws a walk to load the bases. Dyson grounds into a 4-6-3 double play.

Cubs 4, Pirates 2

7th Inning

Kyle Crick comes in to pitch for the Pirates. Happ strikes out. Baez hits a solo homer to left field. Bryant is hit by a pitch. A wild pitch allows him to move to second, and Schwarber is intentionally walked as a result. Richard Rodriguez replaces Crick. Caratini singles to center, scoring a run. Contreras strikes out. Markakis walks. Almora strikes out.

Frazier grounds out back to the mound. Rex Brothers enters for the Cubs. Bell singles on a line drive to center. Reynolds flies out to right. Polanco grounds out.

Cubs 6, Pirates 2

8th Inning

David Bote enters as a pinch hitter and flies out to center. Happ grounds out back to the mound. Edgar Santana enters the game. Baez reaches on an error by Hayes. Bryant flies out to left.

Brandon Morrow enters for the Cubs. Newman strikes out. Hayes hits a triple to left-center. A balk allows him to score. Maile grounds out to short. Christian Walker enters as a pinch hitter and grounds out.

Cubs 6, Pirates 3

9th Inning

Blake Weiman enters the game for the Pirates. Schwarber pops out to first. Caratini strikes out. Contreras grounds out to third.

Craig Kimbrel comes in to close out the game for the Cubs. Dyson singles on a hard grounder past the first baseman. Frazier singles, moving Dyson to second. Bell singles on a line drive to right, loading the bases. Reynolds singles on a line drive to center, scoring Dyson. Polanco strikes out. Jeremy Jeffress enters the game. Newman grounds into a 1-2 fielder’s choice. Hayes grounds out to first.

GAME RESULTS

BOX SCORE

GAME NOTES

UPDATED STANDINGS

WHAT’S NEXT

Probable Starters

Wednesday, 7:05 PM EST: Jon Lester (3-3, 3.66) vs Mitch Keller (3-3, 4.70)

Thursday, 12:35 PM EST: Yu Darvish (0-7, 5.64) vs Chris Archer (5-2, 2.53)

Friday, 7:05 PM EST: Andrew Triggs (3-2, 2.32) vs Chris Stratton (3-2, 2.65)

Saturday, 4:05 PM EST: Kevin Gausman (4-4, 3.48) vs Trevor Williams (1-3, 4.43)

Sunday, 1:35 PM EST: Tyler Anderson (Season Debut) vs Joe Musgrove (1-5, 3.45)

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