After a crappy extra innings loss to the absolutely terrible Atlanta Braves, the Cubs welcomed in division rival Pittsburgh last night, and had no trouble bouncing back. The last time these two teams faced each other, the Cubs got the better of the Pirates in a shutout victory in the NL Wildcard Game last year.
Hammel pitched in this one, and continued to pitch well, allowing 2 over 5 innings to move to 4-0 on the year. Despite not making it to the 6th, Hammel’s performance was enough on a day where the Cubs would put up 7 in what would end up a pretty lopsided affair. Adam Warren came in to relieve Hammel, and continued to bring the shutdown stuff we’ve seen all season long out of the former Yankee who came over in the Starlin Castro deal. Warren has not yet surrendered an earned run in 2016. In fact, his only run allowed came on a throwing error he made on a routine throw to first base.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Cubs did what they do: hit. The 11 hit performance, aided by 2 Pirates’ errors, centered on a 4-run 5th inning. In the 5th, David Ross came up big again, driving in 2 runs on a single, and then luring the Pirates into a rundown which allowed Matt Szczur to score from third with Hammel up to bat.
The Cubs would tack on one more run on a wild pitch, and would take this one by a count of 7-2.