Pirates 1, Cubs 0. Nobody wanted it to be this way, but here we are. How did it happen?
Well, the Cubs outhit the opposition today. And they managed to avoid committing any errors. The problem was, all of their hits -- yes, all 11 of them -- were singles, while the Pirates managed three doubles and two homers, one with one man on and the other with the bases loaded.
The other issue -- well, I'll let you guess what the other issue was, based on this fact: Today's pitchers were Dempster, Russell, Grabow, and Samardzija.
You got it! The problem was walks! Actually, they issued seven of them, giving the Pirates more total base runners than the Cubs on the day.
Four walks plus six hits plus two home runs from Dempster equals not his best day ever, to say the least. He made Kevin Freakin' Correia -- 2 ER, 3 K, 1 BB, 6 IP -- look good.
But fear not, Cub fans, we do have at least one good player on our team, and that is Starlin Castro. Three hits, two runs, and a fantastic catch-turned-into-a-double-play made for one complete performance. Other Cubs with multiple hits were Fukudome, Aramis, and Darwin Barney.
Oh well, 0-and-1. Better luck tomorrow, eh?