Kevin Correia had a chance to rack up 12 wins but fell just short with a subpar outing and the Pirates fell to the Cubs 6-3 in front of the 10th sellout of the year at PNC Park, which now ranks second in terms of the number of sellouts for a year. In 2001, PNC Park’s first season, the Pirates had 19 sellouts.
Not really much to say about this game. Correia wasn’t very good tonight and only went 3.2 innings and giving up five runs, all earned. The Cubs scored runs in each of the first four innings of the game off of Correia and it just never looked like he had much tonight. Pitchers have these game and the stuff happens but it really sucks that he couldn’t hold the fort a little closer while he was in there.
The Pirates offense wasn’t terrible, but they did not get the huge hits that they needed to come back. The Pirates were all over Cubs starter Ryan Dempster but really couldn’t make anything stick. They did score a single run in the third and two more on a Matt Diaz double in the fourth but then things cooled off. The Bucs had a few runners reach base but nothing materialized.
Alex Presley has been awfully good since being called up. He went 2-for-4 on the night and added a triple to continue his torrid pace. Outside of Presley, Diaz and McKenry each had two hits and the 4-7 hitters combined for no hits. You aren’t going to get too many wins when you can’t get any production out of four spots of your lineup.
On the other side the Cubs cranked out 14 hits. They hit the ball hard all night and their 1-4 hitters combined to go 9-for-18 with four runs scored and four RBI. Like I said before, it happens so I am not too worried about it.
The Pirates will conclude their first half play tomorrow with the Cubs. Hopefully they can go out with a win and win another series.