The Cubs were aiming for a second consecutive series sweep on a brisk Mother’s Day at Wrigley Field. Unfortunately for Chicago, the Pirates seemingly could do nothing wrong Sunday, particularly in the first inning, and salvaged a victory in the final game of the series.
A 6-1 lead appeared to be more than enough for Bucs starter Tyler Anderson. The big lefty had the Cubs off-balance in eight strong frames. Chicago staged a furious 9th inning rally which cut the lead to 6-5 but Javy Báez, still battling a stiff back, grounded out to end it. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Lost
The Pirates got a month’s worth of BABIP luck in a single inning, which was just barely enough to pull out a win.
Stats That Matter
- Pederson had three hits after coming in for Marisnick.
- The Professor deserved a better fate: 5 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 9 H, 3 K, and 1 BB.
- Vargas had a two-run double in the 9th.
Sunday’s outcome was a disappointment, still, a 5-1 homestand is pretty good. Losing Marisnick for significant time would not be fun, he has been a big contributor.
The Cubs head to Cleveland for two games on Tuesday and Wednesday, seems to ring a faint bell. Tuesday’s game features Adbert Alzolay taking on ace Shane Bieber at 5:10pm CT in a contest airing on Marquee and 670 The Score. You can also watch live on fuboTV (in-market), just click the link and sign up now for a free trial.