On the day they were eliminated from the playoffs, the Chicago Cubs lost their eighth straight game, a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Jose Osuna scored on a wild pitch by Cubs pitcher David Phelps in the eighth, and Erik Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly for an insurance run as the Pirates won their second straight contest after dropping nine in a row.
Ian Happ drove in both Cubs runs, singling in the second inning and hitting a game-tying solo home run in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough as the Cubs’ miserable finish continued.
In his final start of the season, Jon Lester gave up two earned runs and scattered eight hits over six innings of work, but he was stuck with the no-decision in the team’s loss. Brad Wieck took the loss, giving up an earned run in two-thirds of an inning.
The Cubs got on the board first in the top of the second inning as Happ singled to right field, scoring Willson Contreras to give his team a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied things up in the fourth when Gonzalez looped a double into left field, and they took the lead when Jake Elmore hit an RBI single, making it a 2-1 game.
The Cubs tied things up in the seventh when Happ smacked a home run over the center field fence, but once again the Cubs’ bullpen let them down, as back-to-back Phelps wild pitches helped bring Osuna ahead with the go-ahead run, and a Gonzalez sacrifice fly provided the only insurance run Pittsburgh would need.
The Cubs will wrap up their series on Thursday with the Pirates before jetting off to St. Louis for a season-ending three game series at Busch Stadium.