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Friday, May 25, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Pirates 1, Cubs 0

By Scott Powers

Here’s a quick look at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on Friday.

How it happened: The Cubs’ offensive woes are only getting worse. They’ve now scored just four runs in their last 56 innings. The Cubs created some scoring chances Friday, but they couldn’t capitalize. They were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. No Cubs pitcher has suffered from their scoring troubles more than Ryan Dempster. He lowered his ERA to 2.14 after allowing seven hits and one run in 7 1/3 innings, but he still doesn’t have a win to show for his success this season. He fell to 0-3 with the loss. The game’s lone run was created when Rod Barajas drove in Pedro Alvarez with a single in the second inning. Pirates starter A.J. Burnett improved to 3-2 after allowing six hits and no runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Cubs threatened in the ninth with runners on first and third, but back to back strikeouts by David DeJesus and Starlin Castro ended the contest.

What it means: The Cubs’ losing streak has now reached 10 games. It’s their worst losing streak since 1997. The Cubs fell to 15-30 on the season.

Outside the box: The Cubs have now had three double-digit losing streaks in the past 25 years. They dropped 14 consecutive games in 1997 and 10 in 1994.

Up next: Paul Maholm (4-3, 4.73) will start for the Cubs on Saturday. He has allowed a total of nine runs in his last two starts. Kevin Correia (1-5, 4.5) will start for the Pirates.