Cubs In Haiku: Pirates 5, Cubs 4

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Chicago Tribune Photo by José M. Osorio

Garza's 12 strikeouts
Most he's had in his career
That was a good thing

But here's the bad thing
He also gave up 12 hits
Most of his career

The Cubs almost won
Just one of many "almosts"
In Sunday's ballgame
Carlos Peña almost hit a grand slam home run in the fourth, Carlos Marmol almost held on in the top of the ninth (well, not "almost", but bear with me), and the Cubs almost fought back in the bottom of the ninth.  But the wind, a bad throw by Starlin Castro, and a first pitch swing by Marlon Byrd combined to prevent the Cubs from winning their season opening series against the Pirates.  
Peña's blast went off the wall for a double that scored just 2 runs to tie the game. Castro, as often happens with youngsters, made an ill-advised throw on a ground ball that allowed the Pirates to take the lead in the ninth. I can look beyond Castro's mistake because (1) he's the youngest player in baseball; and (2) he had two triples.  But I cannot look beyond Byrd showing absolutely no patience as he grounded into a double play to end the game.
But there was a great defensive play that stopped a Pirates rally and almost made a difference in the outcome of the game.  With the bases loaded and just one out, Tyler Colvin caught Jose Tabata's fly to right and threw a strike to Geovany Soto who tagged Jason Jaramillo in the face to complete the double play and end the threat.  MLB still hasn't figured out that it would be a good thing to allow us to embed their videos, so I can only post this picture:
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Chicago Tribune - José M. Osorio

But you can click here to enjoy the video on the Cubs website.  
The Diamondbacks come to town tomorrow.  Randy Wells is scheduled to start against Joe Saunders. 

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