5/23 Pirates 4, Cubs 2

Edwin Jackson needed the rain to come a little earlier on Thursday. Jackson was limited to three innings before nature intervened and delayed the Cubs’ game against the Pirates nearly two hours. Pittsburgh had scored all it needed by then as Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of RBI singles to post a 4-2 victory over Chicago.

With the win, the Pirates completed the sweep and improved to 14-6 in May. The Cubs, on the other hand, have lost five of their last six games.

Jackson had struggled with one bad inning in previous starts, and the Pirates got to him quickly. Starling Marte led off with an infield single that Starlin Castro knocked down, then stole second and scored on Andrew McCutchen’s single. McCutchen swiped second as Garrett Jones struck out, and Neil Walker walked to set up Michael McKenry’s RBI single.

With two outs in the Pirates second, Marte reached on another infield single that deflected off Jackson, then scored on Travis Snider’s triple. McCutchen made it 4-0 with an RBI single.

David DeJesus doubled to open the Cubs fourth against Jeanmar Gomez, moved up on Castro’s single and scored when Anthony Rizzo hit into a fielder’s choice. One out later, Nate Schierholtz was safe on a fielding error by Jones, and then the rain halted play for 1 hour 47 minutes. Pinch-hitter Ryan Sweeney added a two-out, RBI single in the Chicago seventh.

The Cubs are used to close games; they’ve now had 40 of their 46 games decided by four runs or less.

– Carrie Muskat

4 Comments

CASTRO NEED A WHOLE WEEK OFF OR UNTIL HE GET THE MESSAGE THAT HE NEED TO STOP CARING ABOUT HIS STAT OR AVG AND UNDERSTAND WHAT HE MUCH DO TO MAKE THIS TEAM A WINNER HIM AND RIZZO NEED TO KNOW THAT THEY ARE THE LEADER OF THIS TEAM .SORRYNO OR DEJESUS THEY NEED TO START TO PUT BETTER AT BAT TOGTHER BASEBALL IS MORE THAN A HOMERUN CONTEST IT TAKES ALL KIND OF AT BAT TO SCORE RUNS THERE ONCE WAS THE ART FOAM OF A GOOD OUT WHERE IS IT PLEASE SOMEONE TEACH MY BELOVE CUB THIS ART FOAM STRIKEOUT AND DP ARE NOT WELCOME

I second the motion. Clarence can give ‘em what for! What is going on with our guys? I can’t remember a time like this when they are all in a slump. If this is what our hitting coach is creating than he should ” be benched” !! He ” tweaked and twisted” Barney into a robot. When Barney was told to go back to his regular hitting stance he got 4 hits in one game. Is the coach perhaps doing the same damage to the whole team?

If not the dismissal of the hitting coaches then the trading may start earlier. For some reason I think the coaching staff and manager are being given the benefit of the doubt. I don’t agree with that but I think that is what is happening because there is not much stock being put into the current roster. The regime knows not much can be done with this sow’s ear. No hitting coach will turn Soriano into a good hitter he will just continue to hit the ball as HARD as he can (amassing fly outs and strikeouts) instead of as SMARTLY as he can. Now, if coaches are screwing around with Castro, Barney and Rizzo that’s another story. But Castro may not be as good as we hoped, Barney is and will remain to be just a decent hitter never a very good hitter, so that leaves Rizzo as the one to worry about the most when it comes to coaching suggestions. These “close” losses are magnified due to the TOTAL LACK of offense from the positions EXPECTED to generate offense, the OUTFIELD (where our clean up hitter can be found floundering in LF) and THIRD BASE (where you can find the Dale Svuem, sugar coated, MVP Valbuena NOT driving in runs).
“Rent-a-players” and “Fill-in” are what we can expect until the draft picks come up, why should we expect more? The excellent starting pitching we have received so far is more than likely setting the regime on their heals…..”oh crap, the pitching is GOOD??? Now what do we do? We didn’t COUNT on THAT!?!?!?” So, they look bad because they did not provide the offense to go along with the pitching. Surprise, surprise boys!!!

Nicely said. With two strikes on them It appears that Castro is taking the lead from THE BEST HITTING MENTOR EVER TO WEAR A BASEBALL UNIFORM (to some lower level life forms that is…and you don’t know who you are because you’re too low level to figure it out…) and swings as hard as he can just like Alfonso “Ty Cobb” Soriano instead of becoming a smart batter with a goal of making contact, drawing more pitches, fouling balls off….you know….WORKING the at bat instead of hitting a game tying homerun when we’re down by 5 runs! I’ll give Castro the benefit of the doubt he is trying to overcome this feeble technique but the sooner Soriano’s way of hitting is nowhere in sight the better off for Castro and any other young “hitter” that comes our way.
Right now Sveum is too weak to pull Soriano from the lineup, instead he props him up as a “great guy” for the kids because of his work ethic. Great work ethic, bad talent, technique and instincts.
Promote Soriano to the position of “Head Conditioning Coach”, get him off the field, that may
work out for the young guys as the best thing Soriano has done during his too long Cub stay is keep fit. The one trick pony, hit for the fences and fly out to the track is not high on any GM’s wish list. Might as well have kept LaHair in LF for that….

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