National League Game Summary - Chicago at Pittsburgh|
(Friday, May 25th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 1, Chicago 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - A. J. Burnett worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings
and the Pittsburgh bullpen took care of the rest as the Pirates slipped past
the Cubs, 1-0, dealing Chicago its 10th straight loss.
It's longest streak of futility for the Cubs since they lost the first 14
games of the 1997 season.
Burnett (3-2) scattered six hits and walked two while striking out six to earn
the victory in the opener of this three-game set.
Jared Hughes, Jason Grilli, Juan Cruz and Joel Hanrahan combined to complete
the shutout for the Pirates, who had lost three of their last four coming in.
"The guys are going out there and doing the best they can. Our job (as
pitchers) is go out there and throw up more zeros," Burnett said. "So when we
do strike, whether it's one or two runs, we'll be alright."
Rod Barajas finished 2-for-4 and knocked in the only run of the game.
Ryan Dempster (0-3) pitched well in defeat, allowing just the one run on seven
hits and one walk over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out six in the loss, which
extended his personal winless streak to 17 games.
Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney and Joe Mather all had two hits for the Cubs,
who did manage 10 hits overall, but failed to produce in the clutch by going
0-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Pittsburgh pushed across the only run of the contest in the second inning.
Pedro Alvarez started the inning with a base hit, moved to second on a
groundout by Matt Hague, and came around to score on a single into right by
Chicago threatened in the fifth with a two-out rally. David DeJesus walked and
Castro singled then stole second to put runners on second and third, but
Burnett got Mather to ground out sharply to third to end the inning.
Adrian Cardenas drew a two-out walk in the sixth and Barney singled off Hughes
to put Cubs on first and second, but again they could not score as Koyie Hill
grounded out to end the threat.
Alfonso Soriano ripped a two-out single in the eighth and pinch-runner Tony
Campana swiped second to put the tying run in scoring position, but Cruz got
Cardenas to ground out to second to preserve the lead.
Hanrahan came on for the ninth and gave up a leadoff base hit to Barney, but
he was erased on a bunt back to the mound by Hill. Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson
sliced a ball down the right field line to put the tying run on third.
Hanrahan composed himself and fanned DeJesus and Castro to nail down his 11th
save of the season.
"I'm at a loss for words now," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Guys are
battling and having decent at-bats and then just not finalizing it really."
Pirates outfielder Josh Harrison extended his career-best hitting streak to 10
games...Barajas has hit safely in nine of his last ten games...The Pirates
improved to 13-8 when scoring first...Chicago fell to 6-15 on the road...It
was Dempster's 25th career against Pittsburgh...The Bucs finished 1-for-8 with
runners in scoring position and stranded nine.
05/26 00:09:48 ET