Were the Cubs able to get back in the win column?
After going 4-6 over their last 10 games the Cubs came into Pittsburgh looking to get back to their winning ways. The Cubs would send rookie sensation Brailyn Marquez to the mound in hopes that he could get back to form after dropping his previous 2 outings. Opposing him for the Pirates would be Joe Musgrove who looked to repeat his previous great outing.
Starting off the game we looked to be in a real pitchers duel as both teams would go 1,2,3. starting off the top of the second looked to be no different as Musgrove retired the first 2 men he faces and then with 2 strikes he would bean Kyle Schwarber. The next batter Jason Heyward would take the first pitch he seen deep to right field for a two run home run. This would be the only hit and runs the Cubs offense could mustard. Marquez would have one of his better outings mowing the Pirates hitters down. He would pitch 7 strong innings giving up just 1 run on 3 hits while striking 8. The Cubs bullpen would pick up right where Marquez left off as Seranthony Dominguez would come out and go 1,2,3 8th. Rookie closer came in the 9th to record his league leading 20th save of the year.
The pirates pitching wasn't their down fall as they pitched really good. Joe Musgrove Would match Marquez pitch for pitch with his only down fall being his mistake in the 2nd. He would turn in 6 strong innings giving up 2 runs on 1 hit and striking out 8. The bullpen would not give up a hit over 3 innings of work and strike out 6 Cubs batters.
We were able to catch up with first year manager David Ross. "We came in here hungry for a win, we were very lucky to get the two runs we did with their pitching being so great. We are hoping that this win is the jolt we need to get this offense rolling. Our pitching has kept us in every game this year, its just the lack of offense hurting us" said Ross.
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