No Ross, but Cubs beat Bucs

On deck

Saturday: Pittsburgh at Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Pitchers: Pirates TBD vs. Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (14-6)

TV: AT&T SportsNet

Sunday: Pittsburgh at Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

The Associated Press

CHICAGO — After he was ejected, Chicago Cubs bench coach Andy Green contemplated how he might pass along his fine to manager David Ross or president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer.

“It’ll probably fall to me though, truth be told,” a grinning Green said.

Green took over as manager after Ross and Hoyer tested positive for COVID-19, but he was thrown out in the sixth inning of Chicago’s 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

Michael Hermosillo homered and drove in three runs, leading the Cubs to their fourth consecutive win. Frank Schwindel also connected, and Ian Happ had three more hits on a wet afternoon at Wrigley Field.

A spokesman for the team said Ross and Hoyer are feeling fine in isolation. Both are vaccinated.

Green is running the team while Ross is away. But Green was ejected by Tom Hallion after he went out to second hoping to convince the umpires to review Kevin Newman’s slide on a potential double play.

Green wasn’t sure who managed the team after he was thrown out. He guessed pitching coach Tommy Hottovy.

Anthony Alford hit two long home runs for last-place Pittsburgh, which dropped its fourth straight game. Hoy Park also went deep.

“Eventually, I’m going to get hot,” Alford said. “The biggest thing is just swing decision and not missing the pitches that’s in the zone.”

The Pirates trailed 5-0 after four innings, but Alford capped a three-run sixth with a tying two-run homer — a massive drive to a green roof in center.

“This guy’s really strong,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “When he hits it, it goes a long way.”


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