Both the Cubs and Pirates head into a three game series on the Northside with some momentum. The Cubs are coming off an exciting, rain shortened series in Cincinnati where they took both games, one of which was another come back victory. After taking the last two games of the series against the Cubs, the Pirates swept the Diamondbacks this weekend and have won their last five games. It’s a battle for second place as the Cubs (10-7) and the Pirates (11–8) are both two games back of the Cardinals in the Central.
- Monday, April 27, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – CSN Chicago
- Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – WPWR 50
- Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – CSN Chicago
- Game One: Jason Hammel (1-1, 5.19) vs. Vance Worley (2-1, 4.00)
- Game Two: Travis Wood (1-1, 3.24) vs. Jeff Locke (2-0, 3.32)
- Game Three: Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 5.74) vs. Gerrit Cole (3-0, 2.19)
Who is Hot:
- Pirates: Noted Cub killer Neil Walker is apparently not just killing the Cubs lately, he’s scorching hot. Over his last seven games, the Pirates second baseman is hitting .393 (11-for-28) with five doubles, and five RBI’s.
- Cubs: There are a lot of good first basemen in the National League, Anthony Rizzo might be the best. Over his last seven games, Rizzo is hitting .455 (10-for-22) with two doubles, a dinger, two RBI’s, four walks, and one strikeout.
Who is Not:
- Pirates: I’m not sure I want to mention this, because you know it won’t last. Andrew McCutchen is hitting .143 (3-for-21) over his last seven games with one double, and seven strikeouts.
- Cubs: It’s probably not easy to be a 21 year old in the Majors, Addison Russell is proving that. In his first five games he’s hitting .136 (3-for-22) with two doubles, four RBI’s, and twelve strikeouts.
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
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No matter how the game is going right now, Cubs fans and players alike are just expecting the worst and once again the Cubs delivered. Rafael Dolis buried a 2-2 sinker into the ribs of the “dangerous” Matt Hague with the bases loaded to give the Pirates the win. Common theme during this streak and really the whole year, the Cubs never allow themselves to get beat, they beat themselves. Once again an opponent was trying to give up an out with a sac bunt in the ninth and Dolis couldn’t get a pitch close enough to the strike zone for the hitter to offer at it and he walked him. The inning would have been much different with McCutchen up with one out and a guy at second instead of 1st and 2nd and no outs. Anyway, Paul Maholm struggled with his command but battled his way through five innings in his return to Pittsburgh settling for a no decision. Alfonso Soriano was 1-for-4 at the plate with his 5th home run of the season, his solo shot brought the Cubs back to within one in the 4th inning. Starlin Castro was 1-for-4 at the plate as well with a big two-out RBI triple in the 5th inning to tie the game at two. Unfortunately for the Cubs they only managed six hits, and couldn’t string anything together, one thing they are good at stringing together is losses, the streak now sits at 11. Full box score and highlights after the jump.