Pirates 6, Cubs 3

April, 1, 2011
4/01/11
6:48
PM CT
Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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The good: The Chicago Cubs tallied 11 hits and four players registered multi-hit games. Starlin Castro’s three hits were a team high. Castro’s two Web Gems were the highlight of the game defensively.

The bad: Ryan Dempster surrendered two home runs, which accounted for all six of Pittsburgh’s runs. A grand slam from the Pirates’ newest Cubs killer, Neil Walker, was the difference Friday. All 11 Cubs hits were singles.

Outside the box: The Cubs opened the season with an error free game and made only one mental mistake. Carlos Pena misread a sign and swung away on a 3-0 count.

Next: Carlos Zambrano takes on Paul Maholm in a 12:05 p.m. start on Saturday.

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Anthony Rizzo
BA HR RBI R
.283 25 55 67
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 55
RA. Rizzo 67
OPSA. Rizzo .924
WJ. Hammel 8
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOJ. Hammel 104