Rizzo gets it wrong
It's Hammel's first Wrigley win
Not first in NL
On Cubs.com Carrie Muskat reported about a post-game conversation between Anthony Rizzo and Jason Hammel:
Jason Hammel was looking forward to pitching at Wrigley Field since he signed with the Cubs in February ... [He] had been to the ballpark as a visitor, but he had never taken the mound there.
He won't forget his first game, especially after it ended with Anthony Rizzo congratulating him on his first National League win ... "I have to throw my first baseman under the bus," Hammel said as he entered the media interview room. "He just congratulated me on my first NL win. Just make sure everybody knows Rizzo was not with us in Pittsburgh last week. That's a good one -- I didn't know I didn't win at all in Colorado either."
Rizzo acknowledged his mistake, and corrected it ... For the record, this was Hammel's first win at Wrigley Field.
It's great that the mood allowed for this good natured joking. The Pirates tried crawling back with 2 runs each in the 7th and 9th innings. But the Cubs were already ahead 7-1 after 6 innings. Hammel was perfect through 4 and gave up only three hits. Granted they were solo home runs, but he left the game after 7 innings with a 7-3 lead.
The first Bucs home run tied the game in the top of the 5th, but the Cubs took the lead on back-to-back home runs from Mike Olt and Junior Lake in the bottom of the inning.
Of course, Cubs fans can still find something to complain about in the box score. The team had 14 hits, but were only 2-for-10 with RISP and left 10 on base. But they strung enough hits together a couple of times, and had a great start from Hammel, so that fans could leave Wrigley Field singing.
Link to box score: Cubs 7, Pirates 5
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