The Cubs had a chance to sweep in Pittsburgh Thursday, but instead they got a sloppy loss and an injury scare from their MVP candidate.
They jumped out to a quick lead on rookie JT Brubaker when Victor Caratini singled home a run in the 2nd. Another scored on an error in the 3rd, then Chicago’s offense dried up despite numerous chances with men on.
The Pirates tagged Alec Mills for a four-run inning in the bottom of the 3rd, with the big blow coming in the form of a three-run homer from new dad Bryan Reynolds. Mills calmed down after that, but the damage was done.
There was a scary moment in the 4th when Ian Happ fouled a ball in the dirt that came up and hit near his right eye. Though he had to leave the game, x-rays were negative and the Cubs are calling it a bruise.
Why the Cubs Lost
They were very sloppy, making errors and running into outs on the bases. Perhaps a 10-game road trip has worn them down.
Stats That Matter
- The regression monster is all over Alec Mills: 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 K, and 1 BB. His ERA now sits at 5.50.
- Brubaker got his first win in the majors.
- Caratini had two hits and one inexplicable caught stealing.
Bad games happen, and this is one that needs to be forgotten about quickly. The Cubs can go a long way to clinching the division if they win the Cardinals series at Wrigley this weekend.