I don’t think anyone saw this coming, but the Cubs have defeated the Pirates two games to one in a three game set with their 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
It was a really rocky game for both squads and the Cubs managed to prevail. It was a scorcher at Wrigley Field and I can imagine there was some cramping and dehydration that took place.
The Cubs pitched seven pitchers after starter Carlos Villanueva left after just four innings of work. Villanueva gave up just three hits and one earned run during his time spent in the game. Pedro Strop pitched well in middle relief, he pitched one and one third innings without giving up a hit.
The Cubs bullpen struggled yet again, which seems to be a theme for this season, and to think they were considered a strong point coming into the season. Kevin Gregg blew his second save of the year in the ninth when he gave up a solo home run to Starling Marte to tie the game.
It was a 2-2 tie going into the seventh, but then Scott Hairston hit his eighth home run on the year to break the tie and give the Cubs a 3-2 lead. After Marte tied the game in the ninth, the Cubs waited until the 11th inning when Dioner Navarro hit a sac fly to right field that plated Anthony Rizzo and won the Cubs the game.
Matt Guerrier pitched the tenth and eleventh innings, gave up one hit, and got his third victory of the season. Both Strop and Guerrier have been solid since being acquired, but there are still a lot of games left to be played.
The Cub offense managed eight hits and spread them around pretty well, no Cub player had multiple hits in the game. Rizzo and Soriano each had an RBI a piece in the middle of the Cub order.
For the Pirates, Jose Tabata, Andrew McCutchen, and Pedro Alvarez all had two hits a piece for the Pirates who managed nine hits as a team.
The Cubs will now take on their cross town rivals, the Chicago White Sox, tomorrow for one game. The game is a make up from an earlier game that was rained out. The starters for the game are scheduled to be, Hector Santiago (3-5) for the White Sox and Matt Garza (4-1) for the Cubs.
Topics: Alfonso Soriano, Andrew Mccutchen, Anthony Rizzo, Carlos Villanueva, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Dioner Navarro, Hector Santiago, Jose Tabata, Kevin Gregg, Matt Garza, Matt Guerrier, Pedro Alvarez, Pedro Strop, Pittsburgh Pirates, Scott Hairston, Starling Marte