5/5 There's no place like home
Wednesday’s game marked the 15th this season to be decided by two or fewer runs for the Cubs. They’re now 5-10 in those contests.
“We better be able to win with two runs once in a while,” Lou Piniella said.
On Wednesday, they lost, 4-2, to the Pirates and Charlie Morton, who was 0-5 with a 12.57 ERA.
“I thought the way we swung the bats on the end of the homestand, we’d go on the road and it’d be a nice carryover,” Piniella said of his team, which has managed two runs in each of the two games at PNC Park. “We still have four games [on this trip] but the first two games didn’t start the right way.”
The Cubs definitely have had a home field edge. They’ve scored 74 runs in 13 home games compared to 59 runs in 15 road games. And 25 of those road runs came April 23-25 in Milwaukee — a.k.a. Wrigleyville North. Chicago is hitting .297 at home; .256 on the road.
“What are you going to do? I don’t know,” Piniella said. “I don’t have answers for this. There’s just such a disparity between the numbers we put up at home offensively and the numbers we put up on the road. I don’t have an answer for it, I really don’t. There’s a remarkable difference.”
— Carrie Muskat