The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs played a very tough low scoring ball game on Saturday night at PNC Park. The Pirates ended up defeating the Cubs 2-1.
The Cubs actually got off to a solid start, but nothing ended up going their way the rest of the game. In the first inning Nate Schierholtz doubled to right center field, this hit would score Starlin Castro, however Anthony Rizzo would get gunned out trying to give the Cubs a second run.
The Pirates waited until the sixth to get things started. Jose Tabata hit a solo home run to center field to tie the game at one. In the seventh inning Marlon Byrd hit the go ahead home run to right field. This home run would go down as the game winning hit.
Both starting pitchers pitched very well throughout the contest. Scott Baker and Gerrit Cole went head to head through the whole game. Baker wound up going six innings, giving up three hits, and one earned run. Gerrit Cole would go seven innings, give up five hits, and one earned run. James Russell ended up getting tagged with the loss, his sixth of the year. Cole got the win and Mark Melancon got his 15th save of the year.
This is a big win for the Pirates as they try to keep pace with the St. Louis Cardinals in the division standings. The Cubs however, are trying to stay out of the cellar. They will have a decent chunk of games to do so.
These two teams will play the fourth game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 12:35 PM CT. The probable starters for the match up are, Francisco Liriano (16-7) and Travis Wood (9-11). The Cubs will look for a split of this four game series. The Pirates will look to build upon their effort towards claiming a division title.
Topics: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs, Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, James Russell, Jose Tabata, Mark Melancon, Marlon Byrd, Nate Schierholtz, Pittsburgh Pirates, Scott Baker, St. Louis Cardinals, Starlin Castro, Travis Wood