Epically long game, epic fail for the Cubs.
Wednesday night's early evening (6pm CST) start for the Cubs and Pirates ended up going very late. It was a game that set a couple records, the first of which being that it was the longest game ever played in Pittsburgh's MLB history (five hours and 55 minutes to be precise).
The Cubs used up just about all of their roster (23/25) in the process of falling to the Pirates 4-3 in 16 innings.
Meanwhile, the Cubs offense continues to un-impress with runners in scoring position. The Cubs went 1-for-16 with RISP on Wednesday. They’re now 1-for-27 on the season. We told you it was scary.
The biggest bright spot for the entire Cubs offense so far was picked up on waivers during spring training. That's right: Emilio Bonifacio was responsible for the other record. The Cubs new lead off man set a modern-era major-league record by becoming the only player to collect nine hits through the first two games of the season.
Speaking of records, Carlos Villanueava is on pace to go 0-162, and he hasn't even made a start yet. Yeah, pitching win/loss stats are kinda silly no?
Other observations include Anthony Rizzo bouncing back from his miserable opening-day performance with a majestic blast that put the Cubs ahead in the 12th inning, albeit briefly.
Starlin Castro looked a little rusty in the field and at the plate; not having a spring training has affected him I would think. That's all it is...right?
Something of note to keep an eye on is Darwin Barney's playing time. Bonifacio's hot start can only mean less time for the defensively gifted, yet offensively challenged, Cub.
With the Cubs already expected to struggle a bit, Bonifacio is a sure bet to be in the lineup on a daily basis somehow, somewhere.
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