Pirates 3 @ Cubs 0
My goal is to write this recap with the same general disinterest and lackadaisical effort the Cubs’ hitters brought to Monday night’s game. The fourth tilt of their series against the Pirates was preceded by a rain delay of more than three and a half hours, and it showed. By the time the rain stopped and the field dried off, there were only a couple thousand fans in the stands–including less than ten in the upper deck. When it was all over, I’m sure most of them regretted hanging around until almost 2am. Or at least they will regret it once they’ve sobered up.
The Cubs pitchers actually threw a pretty nice game, collectively striking out fifteen Pirates on the evening, while surrendering only five hits–including yet another triple to Starling Marte. However, that was enough for Pittsburgh, as Kevin Correia and their other pitchers held Cubs batters to only two hits on the evening. All the pitchers in the game owe at least some of their success to home plate umpire Laz Diaz, who showed early on that he had a wide, workable strike zone, and that he was eager to get the game in quickly.
I’d say more, but I am literally falling asleep as I write this. If there is something I overlooked, feel free to add it in the comments section.