Cubs End Six Game Skid in Spectacular Fashion

If you knew nothing about baseball and sat down to watch this one you would think that the Cubs were the team fighting for its playoff life and the Pirates were on their way to a 100 loss campaign.  Well, we all know that it’s the other way around, which is what makes this game so very weird.  Travis Wood got the start for the Cubs tonight and was nearly perfect over six strong innings, he gave up no runs on one hit while walking three and striking out five.  It’s always easier to pitch with a big lead and that is exactly what the Cubs offense gave Wood early on.  By the time Wood left the game in the 7th the Cubs held a 12-0 lead, yes you read that right, can’t remember the last time the Cubs were on the right side of one of these.  Sure the Cubs offense was solid tonight, but they got a lot of help from the Bad News Bears, I mean Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Bucco’s made seven errors tonight, seven, that’s really hard to do in a major league game.  Starlin Castro had a historic night in Pittsburgh, sure he went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI’s but the thing that will be remembered tonight is Castro recorded his 500th hit as a Major League player.  For Castro to accomplish that feat before the age of 23 is amazing, just some context, he is a full two years younger than Pete Rose when he recorded his 500th hit.  Alfonso Soriano and Brett Jackson stole the show in the field tonight as both guys made spectacular catches, robbing Andrew McCutchen both times, with Jackson’s catch quite possibly being the catch of the year.  Jackson had to leave the game, but was only diagnosed with a bruised knee, he should be fine.


Brett Jackson’s Amazing Catch

Pirates Make Seven Errors

Game Highlights:
Castro’s Big Night
Soriano’s Great Catch
Valbuena’s Two Run Double

Thanks for reading,
– George


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