After losing two straight games to the Cubs in which the Pirates’ offense was almost nonexistent, they were able to bounce back this afternoon and defeat Ryan Dempster to avoid the sweep.
Kevin Correia had one of his typical starts. He gave up a first inning home run and another run in the third, but was absolutely solid. He turned in six innings of four-hit baseball, and struck out just four Cubs. Nothing spectacular, but he went out there and did his job. If the Pirates were considering taking him out of the rotation with the Wandy acquisition, they may rethink it after today’s start.
The offense was few and far between today, but they got just enough to beat the red-hot and highly sought-after Dempster. Neil Walker tied the game with a solo home run in the first, and Michael McKenry tied it again with a home run in the fifth after the Cubs reclaimed the lead. Garrett Jones put the Bucs ahead 3-2 in the sixth with a clutch two-out double.
Jared Hughes, Jason Grilli, and Joel Hanrahan each pitched scoreless innings to close out the game, and the Pirates avoided the sweep. Really entertaining game for those of you who got to watch it (radio-only and blacked out on WGN for Comcast.) Anyway, Starling Marte was called up later in the day, so we’ll see him join the club when they start a four-game series in Houston.
Pirates (55-42) – Cubs (40-57)
Win: Correia (8-6)
Loss: Dempster (5-5)
Save: Hanrahan (29)