Josh Harrison went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in a 6-5 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.
He led off the first inning with a home run off Jon Lester. In the second inning he walked and scored on an Andrew McCutchen double. Harrison owns a .308 batting average with two homers, seven runs, four RBI and two steals in 20 games.
Josh Bell went 2-for-3 and hit a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.
He took Cubs ace Jon Lester deep to center field with the bases empty in the sixth inning to provide what ultimately proved to be the winning run. It was his third homer of the season to go with his .237 batting average and six RBI.
Tyler Glasnow's struggles continued as he gave up three runs in 3 1/3 frames against the Cubs on Wednesday.
He was pulled after allowing six hits and four walks on 89 pitches, only 46 of which were strikes. He loaded the bases in the second inning and ended up hitting a batter to gift the Cubs a run. Glasnow now has a 7.98 ERA with 13 walks in 14 2/3 innings through his first four starts. On the bright side his 17 strikeouts clearly show his potential if he can develop some control. His high ERA and inability to go deep into his starts might soon force the Pirates to replace him in their rotation.
Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI as the Cubs fell to the Pirates on Wednesday.
He also added a walk. He doubled in a run in the fourth inning and was driven in by his partner in crime Anthony Rizzo two times in the contest. Tonight's strong game boosted his batting average to .282 with two homers, 14 runs scored and 12 RBI. Last year's NL MVP is off to a slow start by his standards but should pick it up as the season rolls along.
Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a home run and drove in four runs in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.
He drove in the first run the hard way -- by getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. He singled to center in the fourth inning to plate Kris Bryant, then drove in Bryant again by homering to right in the eighth. Rizzo is slashing .277/.400/.518 with five homers and 15 RBI.
Jon Lester coughed up six runs -- five earned -- in 5 2/3 innings and took a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.
His night started by allowing a solo homer to leadoff batter Josh Harrison in the first inning. He surrendered five runs in the first two innings, then settled down to throw three scoreless innings before allowing a solo homer to Josh Bell in the sixth. Lester allowed 10 hits and two walks in total while striking out five. He has yet to win a game after five starts. He will take his 3.68 ERA into a home matchup with the Phillies on Tuesday.
Brandon Drury left Wednesday's game against the Padres with a jammed right knee.
He suffered the injury in a collision with Padres starter Trevor Cahill at first base. Drury singled and walked twice before exiting. After he left, Chris Owings moved from shortstop to second base with Nick Ahmed taking over at shortstop. Drury is day-to-day.
Seth Smith went 2-for-5 with a walk, a run and an RBI in an 11-inning, 5-4 win over the Rays on Wednesday.
He was the key to two of the most important plays of the game. He came to the plate in the second inning with a runner on first. Smith singled to center field and ended up running all the way around the bases when the Rays made two errant throws on the play. In the 11th and decisive inning, Smith drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the winning run in walk-off fashion. The veteran outfielder is batting .263/.378/.526 with two homers and four RBI while platooning in right field and hitting lead-off versus right-handed starting pitchers.