Rizzo, Cubs Complete Comeback in Grand Fashion – Cubs 13, Pirates 9

Game One Hundred Forty-Six – Cubs 13, Pirates 9
WP – Jeff Beliveau (1-0) LP – Jared Hughes (2-2, BS 2) Save – None

wflag.jpgThe Cubs never quit and battled back from two large deficits in Sunday’s slugfest at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were down 6-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, cut the Pirates lead to 6-5 just to see the Pirates put three runs on the board in the top of the sixth and increase their lead to 9-5.

The Cubs sent nine to the plate and scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth … with the big blast coming off the bat of Anthony Rizzo, the first grand slam of his career.

Anthony Rizzo had a career-day. Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs, three runs scored and six RBI. Sunday was the first multi-homer game of Rizzo’s career and he set both single-game highs in RBI (6) and runs scored (3).

After managing only one run on three hits over the first four innings, the Cubs offense scored 13 runs on 15 hits with four walks and worked the count all afternoon. There were very few short at bats, even with the team in a big hole early.

Darwin Barney (2-for-3 with a RBI, two walks and three runs scored) extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games and did not commit an error for the 131st game in a row. Barney reached base four times, scored three runs and kept the line moving in the sixth with a RBI single. Alfonso Soriano (3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored) drove in the Cubs’ first and eleventh runs of the game. Soriano has driven in 101 runs on the season, just three short of his single-season career-high of 104 RBI set in 2005.

Joe Mather (1-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two runs scored) led off the Cubs’ four-run fifth inning with his fifth home run of the season. Starlin Castro (1-for-5 with a run scored) reached on infield single in the eighth and scored on a single off the bat of David DeJesus (1-for-1 with two RBI). Welington Castillo (1-for-3 with a RBI and a walk), Luis Valbuena (1-for-5 with a run scored) and Bryan LaHair (1-for-1 with a run scored) also recorded hits and contributed to the scoring.

Chris Volstad and the Cubs’ pitching staff had a rough day. Volstad was very hittable once again and could not complete five innings of work. Volstad was unable to put hitters away and allowed six runs on 10 hits (two home runs) with four walks and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Volstad threw 100 pitches, only 54 for strikes, and struggled with his command throughout his short outing.

Alberto Cabrera allowed an inherited run to score in the fifth but was able to record the last out without giving up any more runs. Miguel Socolovich surrendered two runs on one hit with a walk in two-thirds of an inning. Socolovich turned the game over to Jeff Beliveau in the sixth with two on and the Cubs down by one. Beliveau allowed both runs to score that Socolovich was charged with on Sunday afternoon.

Jeff Beliveau picked up his first big league win after giving up a three-run tape measure shot to Pedro Alvarez in the sixth. Beliveau was able to close out the inning and was the beneficiary of Anthony Rizzo’s grand slam.

Jaye Chapman pulled a Houdini act in the seventh inning. Chapman gave up a leadoff triple to Starling Marte but with help from Darwin Barney and a baserunning gaffe by Garrett Jones he was able to wiggle his way out of the jam without allowing the Pirates to tie the game.

Shawn Camp pitched the Cubs’ only 1-2-3 inning in the eighth and Carlos Marmol faced the minimum in the ninth to close out the Cubs’ seventh win in nine games.

Sunday’s game was the second longest nine-inning game of the season for the Cubs. The Cubs and Brewers played for four hours and nine minutes on August 30 … and it took four hours and four minutes for the Cubs and Pirates to complete nine innings on Sunday afternoon.

With Sunday’s victory (12-12 on Sundays in 2012), the Cubs improved to 58-88 on the season …

Chris Volstad made quick work of Starling Marte (flyout to center, 1-2 pitch) and Neil Walker (flyout to left center, 1-0 pitch) to start his day. Volstad wanted nothing to do with Andrew McCutchen and issued a four-pitch walk. Volstad could not find the strike zone and fell behind Garrett Jones. Jones ripped a 3-2 pitch back up the middle on the first base side of the second base. Darwin Barney ranged over and got a glove on the ball. Barney did not field the ball cleanly and Jones was given an infield single … on a questionable call. McCutchen took off for third on the first pitch to Gaby Sanchez and swiped third without a throw. With runners on first and third with two down, Sanchez struck out swinging to end the inning. Volstad threw 21 pitches in the first inning, 10 for strikes.

Jeff Locke retired Joe Mather on a flyout to left center (2-2 pitch) and Darwin Barney on grounder to Neil Walker (1-1 pitch) for the first two outs. Anthony Rizzo hit a rocket into left center (2-2 pitch). Starling Marte dove but the ball hit off his glove and Rizzo ended up at second with a double.

Alfonso Soriano drove Locke’s 1-1 pitch into center. Rizzo scored and the Cubs took a 1-0 lead on Soriano’s 100 RBI of the season. Starlin Castro struck out swinging (1-2 pitch) to end the inning.

After one, the Cubs led 1-0.

The Cubs lead quickly disappeared during a very long, 28-pitch second inning. Pedro Alvarez grounded out to second (1-1 pitch) to start the inning. Clint Barmes lined a 2-2 pitch into left for a one-out single. Volstad jumped ahead of Rod Barajas 0-2 then left a very hittable 92 mph sinker right over the heart of the plate. Barajas lined the mistake into the bleachers in left and just like that the Pirates took a 2-1 lead. Jeff Locke hit a weak grounder to Barney for the second out.

Starling Marte cranked up the second inning again for the Pirates. Marte ripped a single into center (1-1 pitch). Marte then swiped second on a 1-0 pitch to Neil Walker. Volstad ended up losing Walker and walked him in front of Andrew McCutchen.

Andrew McCutchen ripped a 1-0 pitch into left. Marte scored easily and the Pirates took a 3-1 lead. Garrett Jones hit a routine fly to Soriano (2-0 pitch) for the third out … 49 pitches for Volstad after two, 27 for strikes.

Jeff Locke plunked Welington Castillo with a 1-2 offering to start the second. Dave Sappelt just missed his first Cubs’ homer. Sapplet launched Locke’s first pitch to the track in left but Marte hauled it in for the first out. Luis Valbuena struck out swinging (3-2 pitch). Chris Volstad hit a hanging breaking ball (0-1 pitch) back up the middle for a single. With runners on first and second with two down, Joe Mather rolled a 1-1 pitch out to Clint Barmes to end the inning. Locke needed 36 pitches, 23 for strikes, to complete two innings of work.

Gaby Sanchez flied out to right to start the third. Pedro Alvarez grounded out to Barney for the second out. Clint Barmes reached on a two-out single to center (1-1 pitch). Volstad wanted nothing to do with Rod Barajas and walked him on four pitches. With runners on first and second with two down, Jeff Locke tapped Volstad’s first pitch back to the mound for the third out. Volstad labored through another inning and threw 63 pitches over the first three innings, only 33 for strikes.

Darwin Barney walked (3-2 pitch) to start the third. Anthony Rizzo bounced a 1-0 pitch down the first baseline. Gaby Sanchez fielded the ball and appeared to step on the bag and throw to second. Sanchez did not, Rizzo did not run and the Pirates turned a 3-6-3 double play. Alfonso Soriano lined out to a diving Pedro Alvarez to end the inning. Locke faced the minimum and threw 49 pitches over three innings, 29 for strikes.

Chris Volstad struck out Starling Marte swinging on a ball in the dirt to start the fourth. Neil Walker lined Volstad’s first pitch into right center. Walker ended up at first with the Pirates’ seventh hit of the game. Andrew McCutchen ripped a 2-0 pitch into right center. Dave Sappelt got to the ball and made a strong accurate throw to Castro. Castro flipped the ball quickly to Valbuena … and Valbuena applied the tag (on his helmet) for the second out. Replays showed the call was correct and the play went 9-6-5. Garrett Jones stepped in and McCutchen stole second on a 0-2 pitch. Jones ended up lining out to Soriano on a 2-2 pitch to end the inning. Volstad needed 77 pitches, 42 for strikes, to complete four innings on Sunday afternoon.

Welington Castillo reached on an error by Clint Barmes with one out in the fourth … but that was all for the Cubs. Locke was in cruise control at that point and needed 62 pitches, 38 for strikes, to complete four innings.

After four complete, the Cubs trailed 3-1 and were being outhit 8-3. The Cubs had managed only one run on three hits (1-for-2 with RISP and four left on base) while the Pirates had scored three runs on eight hits (1-for-5 with RISP and seven left on base).

The Pirates knocked Chris Volstad out of the game in the fifth. Volstad jumped ahead of Gaby Sanchez 1-2 but could not put him away. Sanchez ripped a 3-2 pitch into left for a single. Pedro Alvarez launched a 1-0 pitch to deep left. The ball ended up on Waveland Avenue and the Pirates took a commanding 5-1 lead. Clint Barmes struck out swinging (2-2 pitch) for the first out. Volstad issued his fourth walk of the day to Rod Barajas (3-2 pitch). Jeff Locke did not bunt but hit a tapper back to Volstad. Volstad could not get a grip on the ball and had to settle for an out at first base. With Barajas at second and two down, Dale Sveum went to his pen for Alberto Cabrera.

Starling Marte greeted Cabrera with a single to left (2-1 pitch). Barajas rumbled around third and scored the Pirates’ sixth run. Marte took off for second on a 0-1 pitch to Neil Walker. Castillo’s throw skipped past Castro and Marte advanced to third with two down. Cabrera struck out Walker swinging (1-2 pitch) to end the inning.

Josh Vitters hit for Alberto Cabrera and grounded out to third to start the fifth. Joe Mather launched the first pitch from Jeff Locke into the bleachers in left. Mather’s first homer since June 25 off Johan Santana at Citi Field cut the Pirates’ lead to 6-2. Darwin Barney followed with a single to center and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games.

Anthony Rizzo drove a 2-0 pitch into the basket in left center. Rizzo’s 13th longball of the year, a two-run shot, cut the Pirates lead to 6-4. Alfonso Soriano lined Locke’s next pitch into left. Marte did a good job cutting the ball off and holding Soriano to a long single. Clint Hurdle decided that was enough for Locke and went to his pen for Chris Resop.

Starlin Castro chopped a 1-2 pitch from Resop toward second. Walker fielded the ball but had only one play, first base. Soriano advanced to second on the play. Welington Castillo drilled a 2-0 pitch into center. Soriano was waived around third and scored as McCutchen’s throw sailed over Barajas’ head. Castillo advanced to second on the play but was stranded when Dave Sappelt struck out swinging to end the inning.

After five complete, the Cubs trailed 6-5.

Miguel Socolovich started the sixth and issued a leadoff walk to Andrew McCutchen. Garrett Jones struck out swinging. Socolovich could not put away Gaby Sanchez. Sanchez singled to right on a 0-2 pitch and Sveum went to his pen for lefty Jeff Beliveau.

Pedro Alvarez launched a 1-2 pitch to deep left center. The ball cleared the bleachers in left center, ended up on Waveland and the Pirates took the momentum right back. Alvarez’s second opposite field homer of the game gave the Pirates a 9-5 lead. Beliveau then walked Clint Barmes. Rod Barajas popped a 3-2 pitch into shallow center that Mather hauled in for the second out. Beliveau finally ended the sixth inning by striking out pinch-hitter Josh Harrison swinging (0-2 pitch).

Rick Van Den Hurk started the sixth for the Pirates and gave up a single to left on a 0-2 pitch to Luis Valbuena. Bryan LaHair hit for Beliveau and ripped the first pitch he saw into right. A wild pitch on a 2-2 offering to Joe Mather allowed Valbuena and LaHair to move up ninety feet. Mather walked and Clint Hurdle went to his pen for Jared Hughes.

Darwin Barney cut into the Pirates 9-5 lead with a single to left. Valbuena scored, 9-6 Pirates … and the bases were loaded for Anthony Rizzo.

Anthony Rizzo took Hughes’ first two pitches before Hughes threw a strike. After missing with his fourth pitch, Rizzo did not miss Hughes’ next pitch. Rizzo launched the 3-1 pitch from Hughes into the bleachers in right center … and the Cubs took a 10-9 lead on the first grand slam of Anthony Rizzo’s career (14th homer of the season). Clint Hurdle went back to his pen and brought in Chad Qualls with the bases empty and no outs in the sixth.

Chad Qualls struck out Alfonso Soriano and retired Starlin Castro on a grounder to third. Welington Castillo worked a two-out walk but Dave Sappelt, the ninth hitter of the inning, grounded out to third to end the inning.

After six complete, the Cubs led 10-9.

Jaye Chapman took over in the seventh and gave up a leadoff triple to Starling Marte. Marte drove a 1-2 pitch over Sappelt’s head in right and he slid into third with his fourth three-bagger of the season. Dale Sveum brought his infield in as Neil Walker stepped to the plate. Walker smoked a 1-2 pitch to a diving Darwin Barney for the first out. Chapman fell behind McCutchen 3-0 and appeared to be pitching around him. Chapman got one over then caught McCutchen looking at a 3-2 pitch for the second out. Garrett Jones walked and the Pirates had runners at first and third with two down. After a 1-2 pitch to Gaby Sanchez, Jones broke for first too early. Chapman stepped off but could not throw to second … no one was covering the bag. Marte broke for the plate, Chapman threw to Castillo, who ran Marte back toward third and tagged him out to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Chris Leroux in the seventh … the first time all afternoon a side was retired in order.

Shawn Camp set down the Pirates in order in the eighth.

Chris Leroux stayed in and started the eighth and issued a leadoff walk to Darwin Barney. Anthony Rizzo struck out swinging (2-2 pitch) for the first out. Alfonso Soriano lifted Leroux’s first pitch to right. The wind pushed the ball into the corner. Barney scored all the way from first on Soriano’s 30th double of the season. Tony Campana ran for Soriano and advanced to third on an infield single off the bat of Starlin Castro … the Cubs’ 14th hit of the game. With runners on first and third with one down, Welington Castillo struck out swinging. David DeJesus stepped in for his first at bat of the day (came in for defensive purposes in the top of the inning) and Clint Hurdle went to his bullpen for lefty Justin Wilson.

Starlin Castro stole second on the first pitch to DeJesus. DeJesus lined a 1-2 pitch into right. Campana and Castro scored and the Cubs took a 13-9 lead. DeJesus advanced to second on Jones’ throw to the plate. Valbuena popped out to left to end the inning.

After eight, the Cubs led 13-9.

Carlos Marmol walked pinch-hitter Brock Holt as the game hit the four-hour mark. Marmol struck out pinch-hitter Travis Snider for the first out. Starling Marte rapped into a 6-4-3 game ending double play.

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Travis Wood is scheduled to face Kevin Correia in the series and season finale with the Pirates on Monday night.

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