Walker Hits Grand Slam In Pirates, 6-3 Win Over Cubs
CHICAGO (KDKA/AP) — The Pirates spoiled the home opener at Wrigley Field for the Chicago Cubs, beating them 6-3.
Neil Walker hit a grand slam and Andrew McCutchen homered in the team’s first win under new Manager Clint Hurdle.
Although the Pirates had the worst record in Major League Baseball last year, 10 of their wins happened against the Cubs.
The Cubs picked up an unearned run at the bottom of the first because of Pedro Alvarez’s throwing error. Then at the bottom of the third, Carlos Pena hit a grounder which allowed Starlin Castro to score.
At the top of the fifth, Walker hit his grand slam into right field, batting in Ryan Doumit, Ronny Cedeno and Jose Tabata, to make it 4-2.
McCutchen’s homerun came at the top of the seventh on a fly ball to left field which also allowed Neil Walker to pick up a run which gave the Bucs a 6-2 lead.
Kosuke Fukudome singled on a line drive that allowed Darwin Barney to score at the bottom of the seventh, making the final score 6-3.
Kevin Correia (1-0) allowed seven hits and two earned runs. Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth for the Pirates, working around a walk and an infield hit for the save.