Apr 10, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (right) slides into home for a run as Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez (26) flips over in the fourth inning of their game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs Pitch Away 4-0 Lead In 5-4 Loss To The Pirates

Similar to how Wednesday was a sign that the Cubs have turned a corner in their rebuild, Thursday was a sign that the team still has some work to do before the rebuild is officially complete. The Cubs lost to the Pirates 5-4 on Thursday despite entering the 7th inning with a 4-0 lead.

The Skinny: 

  • The Cubs pitching imploded in the seventh inning as the Pirates crossed the plate five times. The five runs scored by the Pirates in the seventh inning erased the Cubs 4-o lead. The Pirates would go on to win the game 5-4 on Thursday.

The Pitching:

  • Travis Wood was the starting pitcher for the Cubs and had a nice bounce back start after struggling in the Cubs’ home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. Wood pitched six innings on Thursday while giving up 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 9 batters.Wood was pulled in the seventh inning after allowing a lead-off single.
  • After Wood was pulled, Cubs reliever Brian Schlitter entered the game. Schlitter allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and 1 walk.
  • Schlitter was pulled after recording two outs in the seventh inning and that would be when James Russell entered the game and consequently gave up game-winning run on a 3-run home run by Pedro Alvarez.

The Offense:

  • Starlin Castro ended the Cubs homestand on a strong note. Castro went 3-for-4 on Thursday while driving in his seventh run of the season.
  • Junior Lake and Mike Olt were a combined 0-for-6 on Thursday with 4 strikeouts. Needless to say, Cubs manager Rick Renteria likely will keep with his platoon system.


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