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For the first time since Aug. 1, the Pirates found a way to beat the Cubs – apparently it’s a lot harder than it looks. The Bucs finally stopped the bleeding at 7 games, but they’ve already lost too much blood so this quick clot isn’t going to fix much even if they are somehow still only 2 games out of the wild card.
The Buccos picked up the 7-6 win but they led 7-3 heading into the eight and 7-4 heading into the ninth – that’s how badly they wanted to lose this one too. Joel Hanrahan got his first save opportunity in a month and he started off the ninth by giving up a leadoff double and a walk. That allowed Alfonso Soriano to hit a 1-out RBI single. Another out and a walk later and Hammer was looking at a 2-run lead with the bases loaded…sooo he decided to walk home a run. Thank god, with 2 pitches to spare, Hammer got Dave Sappelt to climb the ladder and go down swinging to end it….and he picked up save No. 35.
This was just a sloppy game all around – pretty much what we expected from the Cubs and current Pirates. 23 combined hits, 4 combined errors, and 20 combined stranded. Andrew McCutchen’s power trip continued though as he hit his 28th homer of the year (his fourth in the last 6 games. And Starling Marte went 2 for 3 with 2 runs and a RBI back in the leadoff spot.
Hammer may have tried to cause the largest mass coronary in Pittsburgh history but Wandy Rodriguez put up another solid start. He did get taken for 9 hits but he only gave up 1 earned run and K’d 4 with only 1 walk through 6 innings. And, it’s probably a little to late at this point, but the Bucs are finally getting healthy. With a lineup that started Marte, Snider, Cutch, Jones, Walker and Pedro with guys like Tabata, Sanchez and Holt coming off the bench – we didn’t hate it. Now if we could just do something about Barmes and Barajas.
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Name: Jason Berken
Position: Starting Pitcher
Current Age: 28
Uniform Number: 57
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