Rapid Reaction: Pirates 3, Cubs 2
Here’s a look at the Cubs’ 11th consecutive loss, this one to the Pirates, on Saturday night.
How it happened: For the second consecutive night, runs were unshockingly scarce in a contest between the two of the three lowest-scoring offenses in baseball. Even the game’s final run came courtesy of a mistake; as Matt Hague drove in the game winnerafter getting hit by a Rafael Dolis pitch. The Cubs’ runs came courtesy of Alfonso Soriano’s solo homer in fourth inning and Starlin Castro’s RBI triple in the fifth. Pittsburgh scored its first two runs off Cubs starter Paul Maholm in the third inning. Maholm labored through five innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking. Prior to Dolis’ rough ninth inning, the Cubs’ bullpen kept them in it with three scoreless innings.
What it means: The Cubs’longest losing streak since 1997 will last at least one more day. With a .326 winning percentage the Cubs are tied with the Minnesota Twins for the worst record in baseball.
Outside the box: It’s hardly an encouraging trend, but after the Cubs had 10 singles and zero extra-base hits in Friday’s loss, they produced four extra-base hits (including two that knocked in runs) on Saturday night