Cubs 4 @ Pirates 10

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

What Went Wrong?

  • The Cubs could not take advantage of a hitter’s day at PNC Park.  It was 88 degrees but Erik Bedard had the Cubs number on a difficult day to pitch.  They did end up with seven hits but most of those came late after the game was already decided.
  • Rafael Dolis continued to struggle.  The hopes of Dolis being the closer of the future have been subdued by his recent performance.  He did not retire a single batter and was charged with two earned runs on no hits and two walks.  The control issues are a major concern.
  • Matt Garza had a bad outing.  He now holds an ERA of 4.22 on the year after giving up six runs (five earned) over five innings on seven hits, three of which left the ballpark.  Pedro Alvarez started the scoring with a three run homer in the first followed by long balls by Andrew McCutchen in the fifth and Garrett Jones just before Garza was pulled in the sixth.  It is very concerning to have two of the only players that could be in the Cubs plans 2-3 years down the road struggle mightily today.
  • No Cubs had multihit games, while Alfonso Soriano and Reed Johnson both went hitless.

What Went Right?

  • The offense showed some signs of life late in the game, scoring three in the eighth and one more in the ninth.  Stalin Castro drilled a much needed two run homer.
  • Blake Parker and Randy Wells each worked scoreless innings.  Although the game was decided at that point, it is important that the Cubs have some middle relievers to count on.  It is especially good to see Parker having success early on in his big league career.

Random Notes

  • Today’s loss to the Pirates was the Cubs 12th straight.  This is now the Cubs longest losing streak since dropping 14 straight in 1997.
  • Cubs radio broadcaster Pat Hughes celebrated his birthday today.
  • Rafael Dolis is now out as the Cubs closer.  Dale Sveum will now lean on James Russell in that role, with Shawn Camp expected to share late inning duties.
  • The Cubs are now 1-9 against left handed starting pitchers this year.
  • The Cubs try to snap the skid tomorrow as they return to Wrigley for a Memorial Day game with the Padres.
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