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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 7, Pirates 2 – May 10, 2024
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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 7, Pirates 2 – May 10, 2024

Although I’m sure Craig Counsell would have preferred not to use Ben Brown today, in case Jameson Taillon couldn’t go on Sunday. But *if* you had to use Brown today, it was absolutely the best-case scenario, with him taking over for Javier Assad in the 5th and carrying it all the way to the 9th, when Adbert Alzolay in an inning of low-leverage work. And with 38 pitches for Brown tonight, it’s possible he will now be available for another two or three innings on Sunday.

Assad wasn’t bad or anything tonight, but he didn’t have the usual excellent leadership. That made him quite inefficient – ​​three mistakes behind him didn’t help. (Two of them were Christopher Morel, RIGHT AFTER we all noticed how well he was doing on defense, daggonit.) That ultimately led to Brown coming in when he did.

As for Alzolay, hopefully it was a confidence-boosting outing, even if it did take a wall raid from Ian Happ to keep the match scoreless.

The Cubs took a lot of hits tonight, but sometimes good things happen when you put the ball in play. Every starter scored at least one goal tonight. That includes Ian Happ’s first extra-base hit since April 23 – just needing a trip to Pittsburgh.

Cody Bellinger continues to rake since returning from the IL…

Full box score.