Brooms out in Pittsburgh

After a rocky first inning, Cubs lefty starter Rich Hill settled down and kept the Cubs close in a 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Cubs got ahead early when Derek Lee grounded to Priates third baseman Jose Bautista allowing Alfonso Soriano to score.

In the bottom of the first, Rich Hill gave up a double to Nate McLouth who would later score on a single by Freddy Sanchez. The Pirates got two more runs, making it a 3-1.

Cubs would score again in the fifth off of a Lee fly ball.

 

Kosuke Fukudome walked and Geovanny Soto connected for a two run home to give the Cubs lead. Ryan Theriot connected for a bunt single and later scored off a Reed Johnson single.

 

With Johnson on base, Mike Fontenot hit the second home run of the inning making the score 7-3.

A full recap will come tomorrow. 🙂

Box scores

 

Chi Cubs AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Soriano, LF 5 2 2 0 0 1 2 .163
Fontenot, 2B 5 1 2 2 0 0 2 .417
Lee, 1B 4 0 0 2 0 1 2 .300
Ramirez, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .222
Fukudome, RF 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 .371
Soto, C 5 1 4 2 0 0 0 .333
Theriot, SS 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 .250
Pie, CF 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 .182
  Lieber, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
  Howry, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Wood, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hill, R, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
  Johnson, CF 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 .389
Totals 36 7 11 7 3 5 17  
BATTING
2B: Soto 2 (3, Morris, Morris), Soriano (1, Morris).
HR: Soto (2, 6th inning off Morris, 1 on, 0 out), Fontenot (1, 6th inning off Morris, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Soriano 3; Fontenot 5; Soto 9; Theriot 2; Johnson.
RBI: Lee 2 (6), Soto 2 (8), Johnson (4), Fontenot 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Fontenot 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hill, R; Pie; Lieber; Lee.
S: Lieber.
SF: Lee.
GIDP: Fukudome.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Johnson (1, 2nd base off Meek/Paulino), Soriano (2, 2nd base off Morris/Paulino).
CS: Theriot (1, 3rd base by Morris/Paulino).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Fontenot-Theriot-Lee 2).

Chi Cubs IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hill, R 3.0 3 3 3 4 3 0 5.00
Lieber (W, 2-1) 4.1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Howry (H, 3) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.44
Wood 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.00

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
McLouth, CF 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 .391
Sanchez, F, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .214
Bay, LF 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .267
LaRoche, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .129
Nady, RF 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 .308
Paulino, C 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 .308
Bautista, 3B 3 0 0 1 0 1 4 .194
Bixler, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
  b-Morgan, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Morris, P 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .250
  a-Mientkiewicz, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300
  Meek, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Doumit, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .355
Totals 31 3 8 3 4 4 12  
a-Flied out for Morris in the 7th. b-Grounded out for Bixler in the 9th. c-Flied out for Meek in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: McLouth (7, Hill, R), Morris (1, Lieber).
TB: McLouth 3; Sanchez, F; Bay; LaRoche; Paulino 2; Morris 2.
RBI: Sanchez, F (3), Nady (10), Bautista (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bixler; Bautista; Sanchez, F.
SF: Nady; Bautista.
GIDP: LaRoche; Bautista.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Sanchez, F (2, fielding), Bautista (3, missed catch).
DP: (Bixler-Sanchez, F-LaRoche).

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Morris (L, 0-1) 7.0 11 7 4 2 3 2 5.25
Meek 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 13.50
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