The First Pitch – Cubs 6 Pirates 2Leave a Comment
Cub batters led off the first, second and third innings of all three games in Pittsburgh by reaching first base.
1. Jon Lester allowed eight hits, all singles, and no runs in 5 2/3 innings to improve his record to 3-1. Lester got himself into trouble in both the fourth and fifth innings while issuing two free passes and striking out five on 103 pitches, 62 for strikes.
2. Ben Zobrist hit his second home run of the season, a three-run shot with two out in the third to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.
3. Javier Baez rebounded from his 0-for-5 performance Tuesday with three hits, an RBI and zero strikeouts.
4. The Cubs continue to make the opposing pitchers struggle by running long counts and drawing walks. Pirates starter Juan Nicasio had to be lifted in the fifth inning, having thrown 102 pitches to record 13 outs.
5. The Cubs outscored the Pirates 20-5 in the three games and had men on base in 23 of the 27 innings.
May 5, 2001 – Cubs crush the Dodgers 20-1 at Wrigley Field scoring 8 runs in both the 7th and 8th innings. The first team to score this many runs in consecutive innings since 1928.
Cubs radio broadcaster Ron Coomer was a member of the 2001 squad.