The opener of the three-game series Monday in Pittsburgh was postponed after two lengthy rain delays. The game will be made up a later date.
Monday’s game was postponed after the fourth inning tied 1-1. When the game is rescheduled it will start from the beginning. All stats from Monday night will not count.
The first delay occurred with two outs in the bottom of the second with Francisco Cervelli at the plate. Jon Lester did not return after the two-hour and nine-minute delay. Joe Maddon used Rafael Soriano to throw the last pitch of the second inning.
Neither Jon Lester nor Francisco Liriano stayed in after the delay.
The Cubs scored a run off Joe Blanton in the top of the third. But Rafael Soriano continued to struggle in the bottom of the third. Soriano gave up a double by Michael Morse and a four-pitch walk to Sean Rodriguez. After Blanton popped a bunt up to Rizzo, Maddon went to Travis Wood.
The umps had the grounds crew cover the field again after the fourth inning. And one-hour and 20 minutes later the game was called … a total of three hours and 29 minutes of rain delays.
What cannot be erased from Monday’s game is the outing Travis Wood had to make. Wood threw 26 pitches, 19 for strikes, over 1 2/3 innings.
A make-up date has not been announced. According to multiple reports, there will not be a doubleheader played Tuesday or Wednesday.
Here are the details from the four innings Monday night that will not count …
When play resumed after the two-hour, nine-minute delay, Rafael Soriano replaced Jon Lester on the hill. Francisco Cervelli continued his at bat with a 3-2 count. Soriano threw one pitch and caught Cervelli looking to end the inning.
Joe Blanton started the third inning for the Pirates. Addison Russell singled to center on a 1-2 pitch. Dexter Fowler appeared to be bunting for a hit, but still advanced Russell to second on what was ruled as a sac bunt. Chris Denorfia singled to center. Russell broke back before advancing only to third base. With runners on the corners and one down, Kris Bryant was called out on strikes … replays showed it was ball three, not strike three.
Anthony Rizzo picked up Bryant with a single to right. Russell scored, 1-0 Cubs. With runners on first and second with two down, Jorge Soler flied out to center to end the inning.
Rafael Soriano stayed in for the third inning. And it was a bad decision to leave him in. Michael Morse ripped a double over Denorfia’s head in left. Soriano issued a four-pitch walk to Sean Rodriguez. Joe Blanton helped out the Cubs. Blanton popped a bunt attempt up to Rizzo near the mound for the first out. And Maddon went to his pen for Travis Wood.
Gregory Polanco pulled a 1-1 pitch to deep right. Jorge Soler misplayed what should have been an out into a double. Morse scored and tied the game at one. Rodriguez stopped at third with one out.
Travis Wood jammed Starling Marte with a 0-2 pitch and broke his bat. Marte hit a dribbler to the first base side of the mound. Wood picked the ball up and threw to the plate. Rodriguez stopped and Ross eventually tagged him out near the bag. Marte went to second.
Andrew McCutchen rolled out to Castro at short to end the inning.
After three innings and a two-plus hour rain delay, the game was tied at one.
The Cubs managed a Travis Wood single with two outs in the fourth, but that was all. And Travis Wood pitched a 1-2-3 home-half of the inning.
Before the fifth inning could begin, the grounds crew rolled out the tarp and covered the field again.
Jake Arrieta is scheduled to face J.A. Happ on Tuesday night (6:05pm CDT).