Tonight, marked the final time in 2017 that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs would do battle on the diamond. With the series squared away at nine games apiece, a win tonight would give the winner bragging rights for the season. After a quick downpour delayed the start, Chicago quickly got to work and never looked back in an 8-2 victory.
Jameson Taillon had another rough outing tonight. He would only last 4.2 innings, allowing six runs on eleven hits to go with three strikeouts and one walk. I think it is time to shut Taillon down for the year. He has not looked good lately and the mid-season cancer scare had to take it out of him both physically and mentally.
The Pittsburgh bullpen did alright tonight during their 4.1 innings. Angel Sanchez gave up two runs on one hit during 2.1 innings of work. He would also walk one and strikeout three. The eighth inning belonged to Joaquin Benoit, who gave up a hit and struck out a batter. The final pitcher used would be Dovydas Neverauskas. He would walk and strikeout one batter during the frame.
There wasn’t much offense tonight, but it did poke its head out a couple times. In the third inning Josh Bell would hit a ground out that allowed Starling Marte to score. Five innings later in the eighth, Jordan Luplow would hit a RBI double to left to bring around Andrew McCutchen. Offensive consistency has plagued the Pirates all year and tonight was another example of that.
The Buccos will now head out on the road to begin a nine-game division trip. Up first will be three games against the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis has plenty to play for, so Pittsburgh can make their road to the postseason a little tougher with a good showing. The first game will feature Trevor Williams against Luke Weaver. Williams has been pitching well lately and hopefully can give the Pirates a solid start.
Record vs. Cubs: 9-10
Record vs. N.L. Central: 29-32
Record at Home: 39-34
Overall Record: 67-74
Let’s Go Bucs!