After a two hour and thirty-two minute rain delay, Thursday night’s game between the Cubs and Pirates was cancelled due to inclement weather.
With the Cubs down 3-0 in the top of the fourth, Ryan Doumit stepped to the plate to begin the inning. Jeff Samardzija got ahead in the count 1-2 then the rains came. Two pitches later, the game was halted with a 2-2 count on Ryan Doumit.
The Pirates jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning after a RBI single by Garrett Jones plated Andy LaRoche … who had doubled with one out. Lastings Milledge followed with a wind-blown homer to left, a two-run shot that gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
The Cubs put runners on base in the first three innings but hit into inning ending double plays in the second and third.
For the second season in a row the Cubs will play a 161-game schedule. With the cancellation, the Cubs completed the season series with the Pirates with a 10-4 record. With the doubleheader sweep on Wednesday, Pittsburgh posted their first road series win since May 18 – May 21. The Pirates took two of three from the Nationals in the middle of the second month of the season.
Tom Gorzelanny is scheduled to face Billy Buckner, weather permitting, on Friday afternoon.
Only three games remaining this year for the Chicago Cubs … then the real work begins.