THE FIRST PITCH Pirates 2 Cubs 1

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Broom for improvement.

No sweep today, as the Pittsburgh Pirates out dueled the Chicago Cubs Sunday with starting pitchers Gerrit Cole and Jon Lester each putting on a clinic. Much like Arrieta the day before, Lester experienced one bad inning. Unlike Arrieta, Lester’s was fatal. Lester took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but ultimately allowed a single and a double for the day’s first game-changing run.

1. The Cubs got little going against Cole. One of their four hits came when Fowler was credited with a double after shortstop Jordy Mercer lost a popup in the sun.
2. As well as Cole pitched, Jung Ho Kang won the game for the Pirates with an RBI double in the seventh and a home run in the ninth, the latter the difference in the 2-1 score.
3. Lester’s final line read two hits, two walks and a run allowed in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out nine and lowered his ERA to 1.88 on his way to the loss.
4. Cole’s six wins against the Cubs since the start of 2014 are the most of any pitcher and he hasn’t allowed a homer at Wrigley in 45 innings.
5. Rizzo went 0 for 3, ending the majors’ longest active streak of reaching base at 26 games.

Despite their dominance, the Cubs are just 4-4 in one-run games.
“Did you see the rooftops?” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle marveled. “It was packed all over. There was nowhere to sit. It was an anthill down here for people watching, and a great game broke out.”


In the spirit of the incredible pitching duel that took place on the field Sunday we take you a Russian with a pretty good arm too.

May 16, 1972 – Rick Monday hits 3 HR’s vs the Philadelphia Phillies in an 8-1 win.
2016 Rick Monday






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