- Jesse Rogers, Chicago Cubs beat reporter
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How it Happened: The Yankees scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings while starter Michael Pineda pitched six scoreless innings in Game 2 as the Yankees shutout the Cubs twice on Wednesday. Three singles in the fourth off of Travis Wood plated their first run, then three more in the fifth got them their second. Pineda wasn’t as dominating as Masahiro Tanaka was in the matinee, but he was plenty good. He gave up just four hits and a walk while striking out three. He gave up one, two-out extra base hit in the sixth to Anthony Rizzo, but that was quickly forgotten about when Nate Schierholtz popped out. The Yankees’ bullpen got into some trouble as the tying runs were on second and third in the ninth, but Ryan Kalish grounded out to end the game. He stranded six himself, while Darwin Barney left five men on base. Wood gave up 11 hits but 10 were singles and he didn’t walk a batter.
Key early moment: It came in the fifth with the Cubs trailing 1-0 and men on first and second with none out. Cubs manager Rick Renteria had Welington Castillo bunt the runners over with his No. 8 and No. 9 hitters up. Kalish struck out while Barney flew out. Rally and inning over.
What it means: An offense that had scored four or more runs in 7 straight games came to an abrupt halt on Wednesday. The cold weather and good Yankees’ pitching had something to do with it, but the Yankees had to hit some good Cubs pitching in the same conditions. They got the job done. Kalish has regressed from spring training, while Barney is getting limited starts and not doing much at the plate either. In 18 innings of baseball on Wednesday the Cubs had nine hits, while the Yankees had 17 in two less innings at the plate. That tells the story of the day and night right there.
Bosio tossed: Pitching coach Chris Bosio was thrown out of the game in the seventh inning after arguing balls and strikes from the dugout.
What’s next: The Cubs are off again on Thursday before starting a run of 13 consecutive days of games starting with Friday’s contest at Wrigley Field with the Cincinnati Reds. Jeff Samardzija takes on Alfredo Simon.
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