Cubs 11, Pirates 6

Box Score / Video Highlights

What Went Right

  • Not only did the Cub offense put 11 runs on the board, but it also tied a franchise record with six home runs in an away game.  This was by far the best the Cubs hitters have looked all season long.
  • Tyler Colvin launched a tape measure shot that bounced into Allegheny River.  It was the 28th ball to be hit on a bounce into the drink at PNC, and the only man ever to reach the Allegheny on the fly was Daryle Ward in 2002
  • Aramis Ramirez’s run scoring single in the first inning put the Cubs on the board.  In his second at bat, Ramirez drilled a three run homer to put the Cubs in the lead for good.
  • Geovany Soto and Alfonso Soriano connected on back-to-back jacks in the third inning to break the game wide open.  Soriano later homered again.
  • Carlos Pena, Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro all made great defensive plays.
  • Randy Wells held on to the Cubs lead, putting five consecutive zeros on the board after the first inning.
  • Tyler Colvin, whose average is still just over .100, got into the act with three hits tonight.  He was a triple shy of the cycle.

What Went Wrong

  • Randy Wells continued to sing the first inning blues.  Ever since the start of last season, he has struggled in the opening frame.  Wells has an 11.25 first inning ERA this season.  Garrett Jones launched a two-run homer tonight in the first.
  • Wells made a base running mistake in the second inning, failing to advance to third to block Starlin Castro from reaching second while the outfielder bobbled the ball.  However, Ramirez picked him up with the three run bomb.
  • The first pitch Ramon Ortiz threw in the eighth inning left the yard for Jones’ second homer of  the game.  Brandon Wood hit a two run blast later in the inning against Ortiz to cut the lead to six.
  • Geovany Soto made an error in the bottom of the first inning, throwing to second base when nobody was covering and there was no runner stealing.  Andrew McCutchen had bluffed to second, and ended up advancing when Geo’s throw sailed into center. 

The Takeaway

The Cubs totaled 11 runs on 21 hits and six home runs, by far the most productive offensive night of the season.  Although the win does not mean much, the offensive outburst was good to see.  It goes to show you that hitting is contagious.  Hopefully they will extend the winning streak to four games tomorrow night.

Stars of the Game
Base on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Aramis Ramirez (.297 WPA)

2nd Star – Garrett Jones (.122 WPA)

3rd Star – Tyler Colvin (.100 WPA)


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