Apr 3, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel (39) wipes his face in the dugout against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. The Cubs won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs Overcome 5 Home Runs In 7-5 Victory Over The Pirates

The Chicago Cubs game on Wednesday night was a sign of changed times for the entire organization. In the past when the Cubs allowed five home runs in a game, chances are the game would have ended in a loss for the north siders. That was not the case on Wednesday as the Cubs overcame five solo home runs hit by the Pirates and secured a 7-5 victory.

The Skinny:

  • With the wind blowing out, home runs were a common theme in the game between the Pirates and Cubs on Wednesday. In total, there were seven home runs hit between the Cubs and Pirates on Wednesday. Though, fortunately for the Cubs, four out of the Pirates’ 5 home runs came when  Pittsburgh was facing a large deficit. The game was not without some heartache, though, as Pedro Strop gave up two home runs in the ninth inning to shorten the Cubs lead from four to two runs.

The Pitching:

  • Jason Hammel had another excellent outing for the Cubs on Wednesday. Hammel allowed 3 runs on 3 hits in 7 innings of work while striking out 6 batters.
  • The struggles of Strop in the ninth inning was concerning. Strop was able to overcome the two home runs, but Cubs relievers have faced issues trying to get outs in the late innings. That is a trend that buried the team in the early portions of last season.

The Offense: 

  • Cubs third baseman Mike Olt had a strong day at the plate. Olt went 2-for-5 on Wednesday with a 2-run home run and 3 RBIs.
  • Cubs left fielder Junior Lake also had a home run in the team’s victory over the Pirates on Wednesday.
  • After the game, Cubs manager Rick Renteria admitted that both Olt and Lake will start on Thursday against Pirates’ right hander Gerrit Cole. This is significant because Renteria previously stated that Olt and Lake need to earn their playing time against right-handed pitchers.
  • Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 on Wednesday with a RBI. Rizzo’s early season slump is now a thing of the past as the third-year player is hitting .375/.459/.531 on the season.

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