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Pirates Fall To Cubs on Mother’s Day

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up their nine game homestand with the finale of a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs.  This was the rubber match and these teams would take this game to extra innings to determine a winner.  Three runs in the top of the tenth would see Chicago come away with a 5-4 victory.

Christopher Morel gave the Cubs a two-run lead in the first inning with a 411 ft home run to left center.  Pittsburgh would get on the board in the fourth on a solo home run from Oneil Cruz.  A sac fly by Jared Triolo in the sixth would tie the game at two.

Cody Bellinger would break that tie in the tenth with a single to left center.  Patrick Wisdom would hit a solo home run to center and then Mike Tauchman would score on a passed ball for what would be the winning run.  Connor Joe would get the Pirates within a run of tying the game with a two-run home run to left, but that would be all the offense the home team could muster.

Bailey Falter threw five innings for Pittsburgh, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout.  The next two innings were handled by Luis L. Ortiz who walked one batter during that time.  David Bednar pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit to go with a walk and strikeout, before giving way to Aroldis Chapman.  He would leave the game with an injury after two outs, and during that time he allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits with two walks.  Kyle Nicolas collected the last out of the tenth.

Chicago would send Kyle Hendricks to the bump for five innings.  He would walk four and strikeout five to go along with allowing one run on two hits.  Richard Lovelady allowed one run on two hits over a 1/3 of an inning before Colten Brewer gave up a hit with a walk and two strikeouts during an inning of work.  Mark Leiter Jr. pitched 1.2 innings, striking out two batters.  Hector Norris pitched the ninth and got the win after allowing two hits, with a walk and a strikeout.  Adbert Alzolay allowed two runs, one earned, with a hit and a walk in the ninth.

The was a tough loss and a tough homestand for the Pirates.  They had a shot to win it in the ninth when they had the bases loaded with one out, but Bryan Reynolds and Cruz could not get a hit to walk it off.  Pittsburgh will now hit the road for seven games.  Up first will be a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers beginning Monday night at 7:40pm.

Record vs. Cubs:  1-2

Record vs. N. L. Central:  3-4

Record at Home:  9-12

Overall Record:  18-23


As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.