The Cubs continued their art of losing the first game of a series. At least this one wasn't a bullpen explosion like the prior three. At least this one was at home. At least we saw some effort and some heart.....like from this usher, who diligently broke up an interview with Clint Hurdle's dad. At least.... Scott Hairston's two run blast in the second inning was all the offense the Cubs could muster against Francisco Liriano. And Jeff Samardzija gave that lead back in the top off the third with three runs, the third run being an excellent double steal that allowed Andrew McCutchen to steal home. The Pirates would add two more runs and the Ushers would really get to work as they escorted all 38,000 fans out of the building. Let's raise the jolly roger....what? that's the Pirates slogan?....well I already typed it.....
THIS SHARK, SWALLOW YOU WHOLE.
Not Jeff's best outing. Once again, he struggled to find his groove early. I'll put this out there right now. I think this start has nothing to do with Shark's comments that were totally overblown and misinterpreted following the Feldman trade. Pirates were patient with Garza, made him throw strikes and jumped on the bad strikes. 9 hits through 6 innings is rather high for Shark, as are the 5 walks. And 3 strikeouts suggest it just wasn't his day. Henry Rodriguez came in and was OK. Hector Rondon came in and was less than OK. And Pedro Strop mopped up and was better than OK. So the bullpen....was OK.
FEED YOUR LAWN!!!!!! SEED IT!
Scott Hairston was the hitting star today. Granted it was one hit. But it was a two run homer. I forgot he was on the team. Which apparently means that the Cubs haven't faced a lefty in awhile, and/or Dale hasn't found many pinch hit opportunities for him when he isn't playing. Of course, you should earn your time. Maybe this home run earns him a little more.
NO....NOTHING ABOUT THIS LOOKS RIGHT AT ALL!!!!!!!!!
So Dave Sappelt led off....... And Rizzo.......batted 6th..........because?.....He wanted to shake things up? Try something new? Because Castro and Soriano were in their normal 2 and 4 spots and they struck out 5 times. So this was a message to Rizzo? Doubt that. Just throwing a lineup against the wall? Whatever, it didn't work.
So that happened. It will hopefully happen again. Hope it doesn't. Multiple Ed jackson takes the mound for the Cubs. Which one shows up, the good one, the bad one, the strike-out one, or the slow pitch one? I don't know. Charlie Morton counters for the Bucko's. Cubs have shown the resiliency to bounce back fro bad gae 1's before. But they haven't against these Pirates since the opening series of the season. We shall see. Onwards.