Another low scoring game between the Cubs and Pirates ended with the Pirates hanging on for a 3-2 victory to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Cubs. Ryan Dempster started for the Cubs, and I can’t disagree with that anymore given everything swirling around Dempster right now. The good news I guess is that Dempster was really good despite being tagged with his 5th loss of the season. Dempster allowed three runs over six innings of work on five hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out six. Leading 2-1 in the fifth thanks to a Anthony Rizzo solo home run, and an RBI single, Dempster couldn’t hold the lead. He allowed a solo home run in the fifth inning to Michael Mckenry to tie the game, and gave up the lead in the 6th inning on a two out RBI double by Garrett Jones. Dempster was visibly upset in the dugout after the inning, and took his frustration out on a Gatorade cooler. It was nothing really, he just pushed it and threw a cup against the wall, he was later seen apologizing to the Gatorade cooler and asking it if Atlanta was a nice place, wait that’s not right, moving on. The Cubs couldn’t get anything going the rest of the way as the Pirates pen shut the offense down. Still a solid series for the Cubs as they take two out of three from the Bucco’s, full box score and highlights after the jump.
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