Monday, July 23, 2012

Pirates Game 95 Recap - Cubs 2, Pirates 0

In baseball you just have some games where the other team is better and the other pitcher is on his game and that is pretty much what we had tonight as Jeff Samardzija gave up only one hit over eight innings in a 2-0 win for the Cubs.

Samardzija was really good but luckily for the Pirates Erik Bedard was almost as good. Bedard had his second straight good start but the Pirates offense couldn't get the job done. The first run of the game came in the fourth inning when an Alfonso Soriano doubled home Starling Castro and then the exact same thing in the ninth inning for an insurance run.

The Pirates only mustered a pair of hits which included an Andrew McCutchen hit in his second at bat and then Josh Harrison singled in the ninth but it was nothing doing. Samardzija just had the Pirates number and would have had the complete game shutout if the Cubs would have left him in (not sure why they took him out).

While most things weren't good it was good for Bedard. He threw 113 pitches which I believe was the most in five years for the lefty and he struck out 11 Cubs. He did walk a pair of hitters but he only gave up two hits and a lone earned run. Sure, it has only been two starts but if Bedard can build off of this with how Karstens has been pitching the staff is going to look a lot deeper than it did at the All-Star break.

All in all it is just one of those games. Samardzija was on and the offense struggled to put anything together. In a season of 162 games you will have a handful of these. The Pirates come out and get a win tomorrow and it gives them a chance to take the series on Wednesday afternoon and all will be good.

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