Game One Hundred Thirty – Cubs 8, Pirates 7 – 13 innings
WP – Rob Zastryzny (1-0) LP – Jeff Locke (9-8) Save – None
Down 7-6 going into the bottom of the 13th inning, Dexter Fowler got the Cubs started again. Fowler singled and went to third on a single to right off the bat of Kris Bryant. Anthony Rizzo ripped a 0-1 pitch into right center past the drawn in infield. Fowler scored and tied the game at seven. Ben Zobrist was intentionally walked and loaded the bases with no outs.
Miguel Montero came off the bench to hit for Rob Zastryzny after sitting for five hours. Montero drove a 1-2 pitch into left field. Kris Bryant scored and the Cubs celebrated an extra innings win on what was a wild night at the old ballyard.
In what was a total team effort, the Cubs did not quit Monday night and found a way to beat the Pirates in 13 innings.
These Cubs simply do not quit. Monday night into Tuesday morning was anything but an oil painting. The Cubs had numerous chances to win the game (1-for-10 with RISP with seven men left on base in the first five innings) but were unable to string any hits together. The Cubs were 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position and left 15 men on base. The Cubs have to improve on situational hitting and getting the runner in from third with less than two outs.
Willson Contreras (1-for-6 with a home run and two RBI) started the comeback. With the Cubs down 6-3 in the eighth, Contreras launched a two-run homer to the basket in center with Jason Heyward (2-for-6 with a double, a run scored and a RBI) on second base. Contreras made it a one-run game. Javier Baez followed with a double but was stranded at third and the Cubs left the tying run on base in the eighth.
Jorge Soler (3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBI) tied the game in the ninth with a mammoth solo shot to the bleachers in right center off Pirates’ closer Tony Watson. Soler had a huge game with a run scoring double in the third that plated Kris Bryant (1-for-3 with three walks, two runs scored and a HBP) and his 10th longball of the season that made it a 6-6 game in the ninth.
Javier Baez (4-for-6 with a double and a triple) had a career-night at the plate. Baez had four hits, including a one-out triple in the 12th inning. But he was thrown out twice at home on excellent defensive plays by the Pirates in extra innings to keep the game tied at six.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-6 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI) made up for a couple of missed opportunities with the single in the 13th inning that tied the game at seven and set it up for Miguel Montero to come off the bench.
The Cubs scored eight runs on 17 hits, six walks and a hit batsman.
Rob Zastryzny picked up his first Major League win. Zastryzny allowed the Pirates to take the lead in the top of the 13th inning. Zastryzny limited the damage to one run after the Pirates loaded the bases with no outs.
Jake Arrieta had a rough outing after an excellent start. Arrieta was in control for the first five innings of the game. Even the solo homer by Josh Bell in the fourth, which was the Pirates’ first hit of the game, wasn’t alarming. It was just a mistake. Arrieta lost it in a hurry in the sixth inning and could not get through the seventh. Homeplate umpire Tripp Gibson had a bad night. Arrieta had problems with his strike zone, but the Pirates also had issues with Gibson.
The Cubs took a 3-1 lead into the sixth. A bloop single by Josh Harrison and a walk to Josh Bell put two on with one out for Andrew McCutchen. Arrieta retired McCutchen on a pop fly to short (infield fly rule was called) but he hung a slider on the first pitch to Polanco … and Gregory Polanco drove it out to left. The Pirates took a 4-3 lead in the sixth and added a two-run double by Josh Harrison in the seventh with both runs being charged to Arrieta.
Jake Arrieta gave up six runs, all earned, on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Arrieta served up two home runs that accounted for four of the six runs on 91 pitches, 56 for strikes.
Travis Wood was called on (again) with two on and one out in the seventh. The Cubs were down 4-3 at the time. Wood did his job and struck out pinch-hitter lefty Matt Joyce looking. Joe Maddon left Wood into face righty Josh Harrison and the mistake cost the Cubs two runs. Harrison ripped a double to left. Cervelli and Mercer scored, the book was closed on Arrieta but more importantly, the Pirates had a 6-3 lead. Wood retired Josh Bell on a grounder to short to end the seventh.
Spencer Patton put a zero on the board in the eighth. And in his first appearance at Wrigley Field, Felix Pena worked around a two-out infield single from Josh Harrison. Patton and Pena kept the Pirates from tacking on.
Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless 10th inning. The Cubs were unable to push across the winning run after loading the bases with one out. Trevor Cahill was called on for the 11th inning. Cahill worked around a one out single by Jordy Mercer and an error by Javier Baez that allowed Harrison to reach and put runners on the corners with two down. Jeff Locke rolled one back up the middle to the right side of the second base bag. The ball hit Harrison to end the inning.
Justin Grimm retired the Pirates in order in the 12th inning on nine pitches.
And in his first appearance at Wrigley Field, Rob Zastryzny gave up a run on two hits and a walk. Zastryzny went from walking off the field with his head down to winning his first big league game.
With Monday’s win in a game that took five hours and three minutes to complete, the Cubs improved to 83-47 on the season.
Kyle Hendricks will be leaned on heavily Tuesday night (7:05pm CDT) in game two with the Pirates. Hendricks is scheduled to take on rookie right-hander Chad Kuhl.