Game One Hundred Fifty-Eight – Cubs 2 Pirates 8
WP – Jeff Karstens (4-5) LP – Carlos Zambrano (9-7) Save – None
The Chicago Cubs are just going through the motions at this point. After dropping game one 4-0 and managing only four hits on Wednesday afternoon, the Cubs scored only two runs in the second game and the Pirates swept the Cubs in the day-night doubleheader.
Entering play on Wednesday the Pirates had lost 17 of their last 18 road games. The Bucs swept the Cubs and posted back-to-back wins on the road for the first time since June 10 and 11 in Atlanta.
Charlie Morton and Jeff Karstens beat Ted Lilly and Carlos Zambrano on Wednesday.
Carlos Zambrano did not finish his season on a positive note. Zambrano struggled with his command and lasted only six innings. Big Z gave up four runs on six hits with four walks and six strikeouts. Zambrano threw only 98 pitches in his complete game gem against the Giants … on Wednesday night he reached pitch number 98 with two outs in the fifth. Zambrano threw 117 against the Pirates, 75 for strikes.
This is the first season since 2002 (4-8) that Carlos Zambrano did not posted double digit wins.
Ryan Doumit wore out Cubs’ pitching in game two. Doumit finished the game 4-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, three runs scored and four RBI. Doumit broke a 1-1 tie in the third with a two-run double off of Carlos Zambrano that proved to be the game winner.
The Pirates scored eight runs on 12 hits against Cubs’ pitching on Wednesday night. Justin Berg took over for Zambrano in the seventh but left after a grounder off the bat of Garrett Jones hit him in the right calf. John Grabow replaced Berg and the Pirates put the game away against their former teammate. Grabow gave up three runs (two earned and one inherited) in one of his worst outings as a Cub.
Ryan Doumit capped his night with a home run in the ninth off of Carlos Marmol … just the second home run served up by Marmol this season.
Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot drove in the Cubs’ runs on Wednesday night. Fontenot tied the game with a single in the second and Theriot drove in Carlos Zambrano on a safety squeeze in the third.
After posting their 82nd win of the year and officially being eliminated on Tuesday night, the Cubs just appeared uninterested in a long day of baseball on Wednesday …
Lou Piniella said everyone (including Zambrano) expects more out Zambrano than the way he performed this season.
Andrew McCutchen tripled to left center to start the game. Micah Hoffpauir and Sam Fuld collided near the wall trying to make a catch. The ball fell to the ground and the speedy McCutchen made it all the way to third.
Zambrano looked like he was going to get out of the first without allowing a run. He struck out Andy LaRoche (the first of three strikeouts on the night for LaRoche against Zambrano) and Derrek Lee took a hit away from Garrett Jones. Lee made a nice grab on a ball ticketed for the right field corner, held McCutchen at third and stepped on first for the second out.
After a very close pitch on a 2-2 offering from Zambrano, Ryan Doumit walked with two outs. Lastings Milledge followed with a single to center on a 1-2 pitch. McCutchen scored and it was obvious Zambrano did not have it at that point.
Zambrano retired Brandon Moss on a fly out to left on the 30th pitch of the inning.
Big Z retired the Pirates in order in the second.
After Mike Fontenot singled in Jeff Baker and tied the game at one in the bottom of the second, Zambrano walked Andrew McCutchen to start the third.
LaRoche struck out for the second time then Zambrano walked Garrett Jones on four pitches. Ryan Doumit ripped Zambrano’s first pitch into the alley in right center. McCutchen and Jones scored, 3-1 Pirates.
Lastings Milledge struck out but Brandon Moss reached on a broken bat single to right. Doumit scored the Pirates fourth run.
Carlos Zambrano led off the bottom of the third with a double to center … on any other night the ball would have left the park. With the wind blowing in on a cold night (50 degrees at game time), Zambrano settled for a double and advanced to third on a ground out to second by Sam Fuld. Ryan Theriot dropped down a bunt to the first base side of the mound. The safety squeeze scored Zambrano and cut the Pirates lead to 4-2.
Justin Berg took the mound to start the seventh. Andy LaRoche singled to center on a 1-2 pitch from Berg. Garrett Jones then hit a come backer to the mound. The ball hit Berg in the leg but he recovered and threw out Jones at first. LaRoche advanced to second and Berg turned the game over to John Grabow.
Grabow gave up three runs (two earned and an inherited run) on four hits in 2/3 of an inning. Ryan Doumit singled to left on a 1-1 pitch, LaRoche scored the Pirates fifth run. Doumit advanced to second on Jake Fox’s throw to the plate. Doumit then advanced to third on a single to right by Lastings Milledge. Brandon Moss hit a slow grounder to third. Baker tried to start the around the horn double play but could only get the sure out at second … Doumit scored, 6-2 Pirates.
After Moss stole second on Grabow’s first pitch to Delwyn Young, Young singled to center and plated Moss with the Pirates third run of the inning … 7-2 Pirates.
The Cubs lost for the fourth time in 14 games to the Pirates on Wednesday night …
Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Paul Maholm in the series and season finale against the Pirates on Thursday night.