Jun 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (left) steals second base ahead of the tag of Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Pirates Topple Cubs Again

It was the same song and dance for the Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field.  They were outmatched by the Pirates for the second straight day.  The Cubs fell victim to a 6-2 defeat.

A.J. Burnett looked like the A.J. Burnett of old tossing eight and a third innings, giving up four hits, and two earned runs before turning it over to Tony Watson to shut the door on the Cubs.  Burnett had Cub hitters completely baffled for most of the day as the young Cubs were unable to do anything with any of Burnett’s off speed pitches.

Burnett only had five strikeouts, but of the 31 batters he faced, he threw a first pitch strike to 24 of them.  Burnett hasn’t had his best stuff this year, but he definitely looked good in this one.  Burnett tallied his fourth win on the season.

On the other hand, Jeff Samardzija didn’t have his best start of the year, but was able to keep the Cubs close for the six innings that he pitched.  Hector Rondon struggled out of the bullpen, he gave up two earned runs in his one inning of work.

The Cub offense has been awfully quiet since returning home from Anaheim as they have only managed nine hits in the two games played and seem to be falling into a slump.  Alfonso Soriano led the charge with his home run in the ninth off of Burnett that eventually led to his departure.  Soriano drove in the only two Cub runs.

Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin did most of the damage for the Pirates, they drove in a combined five runs.  Alvarez’s and Martin’s home runs were really the hammer that got dropped down on the Cubs.  Alvarez’s came in the fourth and Martin’s came in the eighth.

The Cubs went 0-6 as a team with runners in scoring position.  The Cubs continue to struggle in this category as a team.  Not to mention  Starlin Castro has been non existent since being bumped down to the seven spot.  Castro has one hit in his last ten at bats.

The Cubs and Pirates will be back in action tomorrow as the Cubs will look to avoid being swept by the Pirates.  Game time is set for 1:20 CT.  The probable starters are, Jeff Locke (5-1) for the Pirates and Edwin Jackson (1-8) for the Cubs.  Lets hope Jackson can try to turn this pitiful year he’s having around a little bit and finally help the Cubs win a game.

Tags: A.J. Burnett Alfonso Soriano Chicago Cubs Edwin Jackson Hector Rondon Jeff Locke Jeff Samardzija Pedro Alvarez Pittsburgh Pirates Russell Martin Starlin Castro Tony Watson

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