It looked as though the Cubs were going out without a fight on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. They hadn’t tallied a hit through the first six innings and look awfully pathetic aside from the four walks they had drawn.
The Pirates entered the seventh inning leading 2-0. Junior Lake led the inning off with an infield single to break up Liriano’s no hit bid. After Lake reached, Welington Castillo hit a monster home run to tie the game and completely shock Francisco Liriano as he realized his two run lead was now gone.
The Pirates got their two runs in the first and the fourth innings. Jose Tabata scored on a wild pitch by Cub starter Travis Wood after he tripled to start the game. In the fourth Tony Sanchez hit his second home run on the year to push their lead to two.
The Pirates would eek across one more run in the bottom of the eighth on a Justin Morneau single that drove in Andrew McCutchen. That run proved to be all the Pirates needed as Mark Melancon came in and snagged his 16th save of the year. Kyle Farnsworth got his first win of the year for the Pirates and Pedro Strop was tagged with his second loss of the year for the Cubs.
Travis Wood and Francisco Liriano went pitch for pitch in this one. Wood went six innings, gave up five hits, and two earned runs. Liriano also went six innings, gave up three hits, and two earned runs. It was just a matter of the Pirates bullpen outlasting the Cubs’.
Marlon Byrd was the only player to total two or more hits in the game. Other than that, Jordy Mercer also had a double in the game for the Pirates.
The Cubs will now turn their attention to tomorrow night when they start a four game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. Game time is set for 7:10 PM CT and the probable starters for the game are, Wily Peralta (9-15) for the Brewers and Edwin Jackson (8-15) for the Cubs.
Tags: Andrew Mccutchen Chicago Cubs Edwin Jackson Francisco Liriano Jordy Mercer Jose Tabata Junior Lake Justin Morneau Kyle Farnsworth Mark Melancon Marlon Byrd Milwaukee Brewers Pedro Strop Pittsburgh Pirates Travis Wood Welington Castillo Wily Peralta