The Pirates got an excellent start from Gerrit Cole who went six innings, gave up seven hits, and two earned runs on his way to his 10th victory of the year. The Pirates bullpen did him a solid as they pitched the final three innings of the game and gave up just three hits while striking out six batters in the mean time.
Cubs starter Chris Rusin’s night didn’t go quite as well as Cole’s did. Lets just say Rusin took a very early shower tonight. He lasted just two and a third innings giving up six hits and four earned runs. It didn’t get much better from there either. Chang Yong-Lim gave up two runs in two thirds of an inning and Alberto Cabrera also gave up two runs in two innings pitched. Rusin got tagged with his sixth loss of the year.
The Pirates had no trouble generating offense and it started early on in the game. In the second inning, Pedro Alvarez belted a ground rule double to deep right to plate the first run of the game and the Pirates were off and running. Later in the second inning, pitcher Gerrit Cole singled into left field, that would score two more runs and push the lead to three. One inning later, Jordy Mercer hit a solo home run to left center field to add another run to the lead.
In the bottom of the third the Cubs would get there first run on a bloop RBI single by Starlin Castro.
Pedro Alvarez was back at it in the top of the fifth when he again doubled, but this time he scored two runs with it, making the lead 6-1. The Cubs would strike back for one run in the sixth inning on an Anthony Rizzo fielders choice that allowed Ryan Sweeney to score and cut the lead to four.
The Pirates would add some insurance in the eighth when Starling Marte doubled to score Felix Pie. Soon after that, Andrew McCutchen would single to score Marte.
Alvarez led the Pirates with his two doubles and three RBI’s and Starlin Castro paced the Cub offense with two hits in his four trips to the plate.
This series will conclude tomorrow with an afternoon contest. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 PM CT and the starters are set to be, Francisco Liriano (16-7) for the Pirates and Jake Arrieta (4-4) for the Cubs.
Topics: Alberto Cabrera, Andrew Mccutchen, Anthony Rizzo, Chang Yong Lim, Chicago Cubs, Chris Rusin, Felix Pie, Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, Jake Arrieta, Jordy Mercer, Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates, Ryan Sweeney, Starlin Castro, Starlin Marte