This game really came down to one inning. If you were wondering who was starting this game then it would probably not surprise you that it was Charlie Morton. After dancing through some trouble in the first two innings the Cubs put up a five spot in the third inning and that was all they needed.
The Pirates actually got back into the game thanks to Edwin Jackson kind of losing it in the fifth inning with a pair of walks and then serving up a three-run bomb to Jordy Mercer and all of a sudden the Pirates were back into the game. Unfortunately Morton got dinged up with another run as Chris Coghlan went deep.
The Pirates had a chance to get back into in the seventh inning. With one out the Pirates had runners at first and second with Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen coming up. If they could get a couple of runs here they could make it interesting but Marte flew out to right and McCutchen struck out swinging. That wasn't the end of the game but it was basically the end of the game.
It's not as if there wasn't chances the Pirates had. On a few occasions the Pirates hit some warning track balls that didn't make it out of the park. This really isn't anything shocking as warning track shots happen all the time but at Wrigley the wind was blowing in hardcore and off the bat both Marte and Pedro Alvarez had home runs only to have them blown in. It was funny as the camera showed a replay of the Marte ball and his reaction as he headed to the dugout with him throwing up his hands and laughing. He knew he got all of it but there was nothing he could do about it.
Hey, shit happens.