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Pirates Fall To Cubs In 12 Innings

Entering tonight’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates, one would figure it would be a long night for the home team. Jake Arrieta took the mound for the Cubs, and he has been better than just about everyone in Major League Baseball as of late. Tonight, the Bucs managed to scrap together a couple runs, but the Cubs rallied for a run late and hung on for a 3-2 victory in extra innings.

Arrieta gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits through eight innings. His mound opponent, A.J. Burnett, gave up two runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings. The 12 inning game consisted of 12 pitchers, including eight Pirates. Vance Worley was tagged with the loss after giving up the deciding run in the top of the 12th.

The Cubs took the lead on Burnett and Bucs in the sixth inning. Kris Bryant’s RBI double scored Anthony Rizzo for the game’s first run. Starlin Castro’s bunt was too much for Jared Hughes to handle, who threw it away at first base, allowing Bryant to score. The Cubs led 2-0.

The Bucs responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Starling Marte reached first base on Arrieta’s throwing error to first base, allowing Gregory Polanco to score.

Pittsburgh tied the game in the bottom of the eighth. With the bases loaded and one out, Polanco grounded into a double play, but the force out came after pinch runner Sean Rodriguez scored, so the game was tied.

Rizzo’s sacrifice fly to left scored Quintin Berry in the top of the 12th, which was enough to earn the Cubs the victory. The Pirates were able to get the tying run on base, but Jung-Ho Kang lined out to end the game.

This was a tough one to swallow for the Pirates. While we all knew it would be challenge facing Arrieta, the Pirates actually got him out of the game and had the game tied. It was a shame to lose this game in this way. To make matters even worse, the Bucs fell to four games back in the division, as the St. Louis Cardinals won tonight.

The Pirates and Cubs will meet back up at PNC Park tomorrow afternoon for the fourth and final game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35pm.

Record vs. Cubs: 6-9

Record vs. N.L. Central:29-37

Record at Home: 50-24

Overall Record: 87-58

 

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor