The Chicago Cubs, fresh off of Monday’s embarrassing loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, came into the second game of the series hoping that it wouldn’t happen again. And it didn’t. At least when it came to getting shut out.
The Cubs struck first thanks to a Ben Zobrist bringing in Jon Jay with a sac fly in the 1st, giving the Cubbies the early lead, 1-0 going to the 2nd.
The Pirates got on the board in the 2nd, off of a two run home run, giving them a one run lead, 1-2 going to the 3rd.
Naturally, the Cubs weren’t going to take that lying down. Albert Almora singled to lead off the 3rd, followed by Kris Bryant hitting a single as well. Zobrist advanced them with a sac bunt, and Ian Happ drove them both in with a single, giving them the lead back, 3-2.
Pitcher Kyle Hendricks had a great outing besides that two run homer in the 2nd. He went 6 2/3 innings, allowing just those two runs and 5 hits before being replaced by Carl Edwards Jr. in the 7th inning.
Pitching wins and loses games. As we saw in the game today. Edwards walked the lead off man in the 8th, followed by a single, putting two men on, no out. Two runs scored, giving them the lead 3-4 going to the 9th. Edwards will get the loss.
The Cubs remain in first in the NL Central, and will face the Pirates again Wednesday and Thursday, before going back to Wrigley to face the Brewers.