Game One Hundred Fifty-Nine – Cubs 1, Pirates 1 – 6 innings
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With the Cubs and Pirates tied at one and one out in the top of the sixth, the rains came and put the game in delay. After one hour and 23 minutes, Thursday’s game between the Cubs and Pirates was officially suspended tied at one.
The game will not be resumed and will go down in the record books as a tie game at the end of the season. The Cubs will finish the season series against the Pirates with a record of 14-4-1.
This is the first tie game for the Cubs since May 28, 1993. The Cubs and Expos played to a 2-2 tie. Thursday’s game between the Cubs and Pirates is the first tie in baseball in 11 years. The Reds and Astros played to a 2-2 tie on June 30, 2005.
Thursday’s game will officially be the 150th tie game in Cubs franchise history.
Joe Maddon ran out a B-Team lineup behind Rob Zastryzny on Thursday night. A starting nine that included Addison Russell at short, Javier Baez at first base and Willson Contreras in left field scratched out one run on four hits in five innings against Ivan Nova.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on two infield singles, a sacrifice slug bunt and a sacrifice fly.
Willson Contreras (2-for-2 with a run scored) led off the second with an infield single up the middle that Jordy Mercer kept from reaching the outfield. Javier Baez (0-for-1 with a sac bunt) tried to slug bunt his way on but hit the ball right to Pirates’ first baseman David Freese. Contreras moved up to second base as Freese stepped on the bag.
Matt Szczur (1-for-2) followed with a swinging bunt toward third. Jung Ho Kang had no shot at Szczur at first base. Contreras advanced to third with one out. Tim Federowicz (0-for-1 with a sac fly RBI) lifted a 1-2 pitch from Nova to center. Andrew McCutchen made the catch, Contreras tagged and scored … 1-0 Cubs.
Munenori Kawasaki (1-for-2 with a double) followed with a hustle double to right center. Rob Zastryzny struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Pirates tied it up at one in the bottom of the third.
Eric Fryer reached on a single to left center, the first hit off Zastryzny. The ball knuckled on Russell and actually changed direction in mid-air. Ivan Nova bunted. Federowicz picked the ball up and threw to second. His throw was low and Fryer slid in safe. Federowicz’s throwing error put two on with no outs.
Zastryzny walked Jordy Mercer and loaded the bases with no outs.
Josh Bell flied out to right. Fryer tagged and scored from third. Zastryzny induced a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Andrew McCutchen to end the inning.
Rob Zastryzny had a good outing in his first big league start. Zastryzny looked composed and threw strikes. Zastryzny made 57 pitches, 34 for strikes, in 3 2/3 innings. Rob Z. was charged with one unearned run on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Travis Wood picked up the last out in the fourth and set the Pirates down in order in the fifth as the rain picked up at PNC Park.
The Cubs did not win, did not lose and Joe Maddon had to use only two pitchers in a planned bullpen day.
With Thursday’s tie game, the Cubs are 101-57 on the season.
The Cubs open the last series of the regular season on Friday night (6:10pm CDT) at Great American Ball Park against the Reds. RHP Jake Buchanan will make his first start for the Cubs and oppose RHP Josh Smith.