PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Correia, in jeopardy of losing his spot in Pittsburgh’s crowded starting rotation, pitched six effective innings Wednesday and Garrett Jones hit a tiebreaking double to lead the Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Pedro Alvarez scored on an unconventional slide in the second inning for the game’s only run and turned in a couple of defensive gems to help the Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.
Starting pitching in the National League is off to a ferociously hot start. The days of inflated home run totals and offensive power statistics appear well behind us, as a 2.01 ERA in the National League is currently good for tenth place among starters with 30 IP or more. Yet, which starters are the true elite standouts in the early going?
The Pirates put the brakes on their five-game losing streak, beating the Chicago Cubs, 3-1 on Friday. The Pirates limited the Cubs to just five hits.
The latest sellout crowd at PNC Park got to see another pretty entertaining affair, including a Skyblast night and the announcement of outfielder Andrew McCutchen being named to the National League All-Star Team, but in the end the Pirates just couldn’t beat the Chicago Cubs. Starter Kevin Correia was looking for his 12th win of the season but just didn’t have it Saturday at the Cubs defeated the Bucs 6-3.
The Pirates and Cubs were delayed several hours Sunday afternoon in Chicago due to rain, but finally got things started around 5 p.m. The Pirates were looking for a three-game sweep, but instead ended up on the wrong end of the 3-2 final score.