5/29 Pesky Pirates
You know that the Pirates beat the Cubs, 10-0, at Wrigley Field, on Saturday. Did you know that was the 25th time in 96 seasons there that the Cubs have fallen victim to a double-digit shutout in The Friendly Confines? According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Pirates have accounted for five of those 25 shutouts, more than any other team, and they also administered the mother of all double-digit shutouts, a 22-0 drubbing of the Cubs on Sept. 16, 1975. In that game, Pittsburgh second baseman Rennie Stennett went 7-for-7. That’s the largest shutout score in modern major-league history. The Indians tied that mark with a 22-0 victory at Yankee Stadium in 2004.
* Heading into Sunday’s game, the Pirates are 16-6 against the Cubs since Sept. 30, 2009.
“They’re athletic, and they’re better [than they were a few years ago],” Mike Quade said. “That doesn’t give me any solace. We should be able to compete with them. Clint (Hurdle) has given them some leadership, which maybe they needed.”
— Carrie Muskat