2019 MLB Little League Classic

The 2019 MLB Little League Classic was a regular season Major League Baseball (MLB) game played on August 18, 2019, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, during the 2019 MLB season and the 2019 Little League World Series. It was the third playing of the annual MLB Little League Classic game.

The game was contested between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates, televised on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball and aired on ESPN Radio. The game was sponsored by GEICO.[1]

2019 MLB Little League Classic
MLB Little League Classic 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago Cubs 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 7 9 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 1
DateAugust 18, 2019
VenueBB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field
CityWilliamsport, Pennsylvania
Managers
UmpiresStu Scheurwater (HP), Alan Porter (1B), Mark Wegner (2B), Sean Barber (3B)
TelevisionESPN's Sunday Night Baseball
TV announcersESPN:
Matt Vasgersian (play-by-play)
Alex Rodriguez (analyst)
Jessica Mendoza (analyst)
Buster Olney (reporter)
RadioESPN Radio

Background

In the first Classic, played on August 20, 2017, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 6–3.[2] In the second Classic, played on August 19, 2018, the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8–2.[3] The third Classic was announced on the date that the second Classic was played.[1]

Chicago's uniforms for the game read "Cubbies" on the front, while Pittsburgh's read "The Burgh".[4] The teams split the first two games of a three-game series leading up to the Classic.[5] The Cubs entered the Classic with a record of 65–58, battling the St. Louis Cardinals (65–57) for first place in the National League Central, while the Pirates were last in the division at 51–71. MLB allowed each team to add a 26th player (who could not be a pitcher) to their active roster, as the game location was a neutral site; the Pirates added shortstop Cole Tucker,[6] while the Cubs added outfielder Mark Zagunis.[7]

Game

Line score

August 18, 2019 7:11 p.m. (ET) at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago Cubs 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 7 9 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 1
WP: José Quintana (11–7)   LP: Mitch Keller (1–2)
Home runs:
CHC: Nick Castellanos (17), Jason Heyward (18), Anthony Rizzo (23)
PIT: Starling Marte (21)
Attendance: 2,503
Notes: Weather: 71 °F (22 °C), partly cloudy. Wind: 4 mph (6.4 km/h), out to center field.
Boxscore

References

  1. ^ a b Randhawa, Manny (August 19, 2018). "Bucs, Cubs to match up in 2019 LL Classic". MLB.com. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "Cardinals vs. Pirates". ESPN. August 20, 2017. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Mets vs. Phillies". ESPN. August 19, 2018. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Soto, Aldo (August 9, 2019). "MLB Unveils Cubs Jerseys For Little League Classic And They're Actually Good". sportsmockery.com. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  5. ^ "Bryant homers, Cubs win 2-0 as Pirates strand 11". ESPN. AP. August 17, 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  6. ^ @adamdberry (August 18, 2018). "They then recalled Tucker to be their 26th man for tonight's game in Williamsport" (Tweet). Retrieved August 18, 2018 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ @realcubsinsider (August 18, 2018). "Mark Zagunis Joins Cubs as 26th Man for Little League Classic" (Tweet). Retrieved August 18, 2018 – via Twitter.

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