Willson Contreras grand slam caps 8-run 1st, Cubs shut out Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates had no answer for Chicago Cubs leadoff batter Willson Contreras in the first inning — or left-hander Wade Miley for the first seven innings.

Contreras hit a double and a grand slam in an eight-run first, and Miley tossed a one-hitter over seven scoreless innings as the Cubs cruised to a 9-0 win over the Pirates on Monday night at Wrigley Field.

It marked the fourth time the Pirates were shut out this season. One of those was a 21-0 loss to the Cubs on April 23 at Wrigley Field, and they came back to win, 4-3, the following day.

The Pirates used lefty reliever Dillon Peters as an opener, given his 3-0 record without an earned run in 11 1⁄3 innings in four career games against the Cubs. Peters hadn’t allowed an earned run in three starts or an extra-base hit against the first 70 batters he faced this season.

That changed with the first pitch as Contreras led off with a double to right. Contreras scored on an Ian Happ broken-bat double that bounced off the bag at third base. Frank Schwindel and Yan Gomes (3 for 5) hit back-to-back singles to left, with Gomes driving in Happ for a 2-0 lead.

Five of the seven batters Peters faced reached base, and he was pulled after walking Jonathan Villar on four pitches to load the bases.

“Watching from the side and the swings they took,…

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