The Pirates were in first place as recently as May 17, but the club has hit the skids since then. After Monday afternoon’s 7-0 loss to the Cubs, the Pirates are now in fourth place at 28-25, having lost eight of their last 10 games. The frustration was evident as third baseman David Freese and third base coach Joey Cora had to be separated in the dugout after the conclusion of Monday’s game.
Via Chase Williams of WPXI:
It’s not known exactly what the disagreement was about, but I’m sure we will find out soon. The club held a postgame meeting, according to Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic.
The Pirates have two more games with the Cubs before going on a brief four-game road trip to St. Louis.