by Zane Heiple
|Photo By AP|
The Pittsburgh Pirates were hoping to carry a bit of momentum from Friday night’s game into Saturday’s contest against the Chicago Cubs. With eleven game winner Kevin Correia on the mound, fans hoped that with a little production from the offense our Buccos could put the Cubs down for the second straight night.
Correia had a very rough outing tonight as he would only last 3.2 innings tonight allowing five earned runs on nine hits, while walking one and striking out two. He seemed to have trouble making quality pitches on the night. With many counts going deep he was forced to throw strikes in the middle of the zone and the Chicago batters had little trouble putting the ball in play. The loss tonight dropped his record to 11-7 on the year and his ERA is now at 4.01. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster wasn’t much better in the stat line as his night finished after going five innings allowing three runs on seven hits, but he was able to get the Pittsburgh offense to hit the ball at his defense when it mattered most.
Pregame Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_0RPeovpHk
Down 4-0 in the third Pittsburgh cut into the lead after Neil Walker brought in Alex Presley, who tripled, on a ground out to second base. The Cubs were able to get that run back in the fourth on a Starlin Castro single that brought in Darwin Barney. The Buccos would make it a two run game in the bottom part of the inning on a Matt Diaz double that would score Garrett Jones and Michael McKenry. That would be all the closer Pittsburgh could get as the Cubs would add a run in the ninth to take game two of this series 6-3.
Postgame Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBh96vhp02M
The final game before the All-Star break will be a big one as the Pirates look to win another series and home stand. A win would also keep Pittsburgh at least one game out first place entering the break. Lyle Overbay was pulled from the game in fourth inning, with trade rumors that Pittsburgh may try to acquire Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena, Overbay’s time in a Pirates uniform may be short. Andrew McCutchen was named to the All-Star team, replacing Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. Sunday’s game is scheduled to begin at 1:35 with Paul Maholm pitching for the Pirates and Ramon Ortiz on the hill for the Cubs.
Record vs. Cubs: 5-3
Record vs. N.L. Central 19-12
Record at Home: 22-22
Overall Record: 46-43
Let’s Go Bucs!!!