Locke Sharp As Pirates Take Down Cubs

Jeff Locke earned his tenth win of the year tonight against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.  Locke pitched seven innings of three hit baseball and allowed just one earned run.

His opposition, Chris Rusin, appeared to be up to the task as well.  Rusin also pitched seven innings, gave up four hits, and two earned runs.  The Pirates defeated the Cubs 3-1.

The scoring started in the third when Starlin Castro singled to left driving in Darnell McDonald who had doubled two batters earlier.  That would be it for the Cubs as far as scoring would go for the night.  The Pirates got their first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning when Marlon Byrd reached on an infield single that plated Andrew McCutchen.  One batter later Pedro Alvarez singled to right field and scored Justin Morneau.

That would be it for the scoring until the eighth when the Pirates would add some insurance on a Jordy Mercer doubled that scored Clint Barmes.

The Pirates now cut the Cardinal divison lead to a half a game and the Cardinals are currently losing in the bottom of the eighth.  It appears that it will be a three team race for the divison title in the NL Central between the Pirates, Cardinals, and Reds.

It wasn’t exactly the most exciting game to watch as the teams combined for ten hits and Jordy Mercer was the only player that had multiple hits.

The Cubs got solid production from their youngsters in the bullpen once again.  Blake Parker was the only exception, he allowed a couple hits in his time and an earned run, he did not record an out.

These two teams will now turn their attention to tomorrow when they will face off again at PNC Park.  It will once again be a 6:05 PM CT start time and the two men that are scheduled to face off are, Charlie Morton (7-4) for the Pirates and Jake Arrieta (3-4) for the Cubs.

Topics: Andrew Mccutchen, Blake Parker, Charlie Morton, Chicago Cubs, Chris Rusin, Cincinnati Reds, Clint Barmes, Darnell Mcdonald, Jake Arrieta, Jeff Locke, Jordy Mercer, Justin Morneau, Marlon Byrd, Pedro Alavarez, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Starlin Castro

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