The Chicago Cubs looked awfully pathetic in Pittsburgh over the course of the last three days and have got to be happy to be getting out of there. The Cubs dropped the last game of the series, which was a wet one, 4-2 and fall victim to a sweep.
The Cubs averaged two runs per game over the three game set. The Pirates averaged just over three. Nonetheless, the Cub offense was riding the struggle bus for a majority of the series. Anthony Rizzo went hitless in the series with five strikeouts. Starlin Castro was able to get back on track a little bit, he had two hits in his four trips on Thursday.
Edwin Jackson, who was probably one of the worst free agent signings I’ve ever seen in my young life as a Cub fan, managed to get through only three innings, but didn’t return after the rain delay, which was probably a good thing for the Cubs. He gave up six hits and four earned runs. Jackson also pushed his record to 1-7 on the year. The Cub bullpen was surprisingly good, they threw the remaining five innings and gave up just three hits.
Jeanmar Gomez, the starter for the Pirates only pitched three and two thirds innings because of the rain delay, but was efficient over that span. He gave up just one run on three hits. Vin Mazzaro earned the win for the Pirates, he tossed two and a third innings and gave up two hits. From there on out the Pirates shut the Cubs down and aside from the one run allowed by Jose Contreras, the bullpen was phenomenal. Jason Grilli earned his 19th save of the year.
The top three for the Pirates, Starling Marte, Travis Snider, and Andrew McCutchen went 6 for 11 in the game and scored all four of the Pirate runs. They also drove in three of the four. Andrew McCutchen had a big day, he went 3 for 4, scored a run, and drove in two.
The Pirates have notoriously owned the Cubs over the past couple years or so and that continued at PNC Park over this last three game set. The Cubs and Pirates will meet again in early June, the 7th-9th, when the Pirates make the trip to Wrigley Field. So, the Cubs will get a chance at getting some payback.
The Cubs will now switch gears, but it doesn’t get any easier as they will go to Cincinnati to take on the Reds tomorrow. Game time is scheduled for 6:10 CT. The probable starers are, Bronson Arroyo (4-4) for the Reds, and Scott Feldman (4-3) for the Cubs.
Topics: Andrew Mccutchen, Anthony Rizzo, Bronson Arroyo, Chicago Cubs, Edwin Jackson, Jason Grilli, Jeanmar Gomez, Jose Contreras, Pittsburgh Pirates, Scott Feldman, Starlin Castro, Starling Marte, Travis Snider, Vin Mazzaro