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Published on May 11, 2024
Cody Bellinger Ignites with Four Hits Including a Homer in Cubs' 7-2 Triumph Over PiratesSource: Wikipedia/U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jesenia Landaverde, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

It was a night of heavy hitting for Cody Bellinger as the Chicago Cubs left the Pittsburgh Pirates adrift with a 7-2 victory on Friday night; Bellinger's bat blazed with four hits including a home run, igniting the Cubs' offensive surge. Bellinger whipped a 100 mph fastball from Pirates' pitcher Jared Jones into the right-field stands in the first inning, later tacking on two doubles and an RBI single to raise his batting average to an impressive .538 since bouncing back from an injured list stint for fractured ribs, as reported by CBS News Pittsburgh.

The Cubs' batter not only showcased his restored vigor at the plate but also added another layer of misery to Pittsburgh's bleak losing streak—now extended to three straight games and a staggering 17 of their last 23, details from Twin Cities Business Radio noted. Ian Happ and Chris Morel each tagged on two hits for the Cubs, with Happ's infield hit in the fourth setting a major-league record against the Pirates by extending his on-base streak to 60 games, his performance against his hometown team only continues to goed evidence of his dominance.

Behind the scenes, Chicago's bullpen also made some noise—pitcher Ben Brown worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings, slickly scooping his first major league win, CBS News Pittsburgh captured Cubs manager Craig Counsell's praise for Brown's "really crisp" performance. On the Pirates' end, Nick Gonzales managed to carve out a two-run single on the day he was brought up from Triple-A Indianapolis, a small positive for the Pirates on a challenging night.

While the Pirates endeavored to push back, their attempts to cork the Cubs' offensive explosion fell short; Pittsburgh's starting pitcher Jared Jones didn't replicate the sharpness of his previous seven shutout innings against Colorado, despite some glimpses of potential and a valiant escape from a jam in the fourth inning, it wasn't enough to stymy Chicago's onslaught, as reported by Twin Cities Business Radio. Chicago continued their relentless march, taking the lead in the sixth on Miguel Amaya's RBI single before pulling decisively ahead, painting a clear victory canvas.

Pirates manager Derek Shelton tempered the evening's outlook, expressing to the Telegraph Herald that Jones "pitched good enough for us to win," though conceding that he wasn’t quite as fine-tuned as in previous outings. Despite a performance from Cubs starter Javier Assad that gave up two runs (one earned) over 4 1/3 innings, it was the commanding Chicago bats coupled with Brown's staunch relief effort that ultimately told the tale of the night, sinking the Pirates' ship once more in these turbulent baseball waters.