|J-Grove got some dirt on his uniform tonight (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Chi-town opened the fourth with a knock and a walk; J-Grove picked off Addison Russell at second to ease the pressure; he cruised to the next two outs. J-Bell opened with a rap and was forced by Corey D, who moved to second on a misthrow. He was cut down at the plate trying to score on Red Beard's knock to right, a bad send by Joey Cora against Jason Heyward's arm with just one out. It was a 1-2-3 inning for the Bruins. The Bucs loaded the bases with an out on knocks by Jordy and J-Hay plus an intentional pass to AM, but left them aboard and Cervy and J-Bell couldn't chase anyone home; that's a couple innings of squandered runs. Chicago got a single in the sixth; Randy Rosario came on and spun a clean frame thanks to a Gregory DP.
J-Grove gave up a two-out walk in the seventh, then got Anthony Rizzo on a pop (his arm pump, oddly enough, didn't cause another mashup). He gave up a run on seven hits, fours walks and five whiffs on 100 tosses; great job after a stormy opening frame. Cory Mazzoni took the ball and walked Fraze with an out; another walk an out later brought lefty Justin Wilson in to face Amore, who has a sizable reverse split against southpaws. It held true as he flew out. Kyle Crick answered the bell for the eighth inning - last man standing, we're guessing - and twirled a quiet frame. Moran singled with two gone; Gregory K'ed. It's now Felipe Vazquez time. The Cubs opened with a seeing-eye single and with two out got another, a soft liner hit to J-Bell that he batted down instead of catching. But all's well that end wells, and a Kris Bryant bouncer put the game to bed. RTJR!
|It was interesting at the end but Felipe held down the fort.|
(photo Pittsburgh Pirates)
Both sides left a boatload of runners on the pond, combining for 19 stranded ducks. But it was nice to see the old tried-and-true formula work again; take a lead into the seventh and close the book. Now it's off to St. Louis and a four game set with the Redbirds; the Bucs could stand to get their mojo workin' again before the NL Central runs away from them.
- Colin Moran had three knocks and J-Hay a pair to lead the Bucs nine-hit attack.
- J-Hay has led off a game with a homer six times in his career and 15 times overall as a leadoff hitter of an inning.
- Another disappointing crowd of 14,126 tonight; the Pirates drew under 45,000 for the three-game set.