Game 2: Pirates 4 Cubs 3

There was a point at which Charlie Morton had pitched relatively well and I was going to make that the focus of my recap (six strikeouts, one walk, four hits, in six shutout innings!), but that seems like it was a whole day ago. He only threw two change-ups. That’s really what you need to know. I also had some thoughts about Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli and the discussion of small-sample-size results vs. pre-season concerns.

Then the game got away from reality and veered towards the weird. Both teams scored in the 12th inning. Clint Barmes hit into a home-to-first double play started by the left fielder. Stolmy Pimentel pitched four scoreless innings of relief, getting into trouble a couple of times, but always having enough good stuff in the tank to get out of a jam. The game finally ended in the 16th, when Tony Sanchez hit the Pirates’ third single in four batters to drive Jose Tabata (who didn’t single, but instead bunted into a force out) home for the winning run off of Carlos Villanueva. That’s how long the game went on: Clint Hurdle decided to use his backup catcher as a pinch-hitter.

I don’t know. I don’t have much to say. There are 160 games left. Presumably at least one of two of them won’t go to extra innings.

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Pat Lackey

About Pat Lackey

In 2005, I started a WHYGAVS instead of working on organic chemistry homework. Many years later, I've written about baseball and the Pirates for a number of sites all across the internet, but WHYGAVS is still my home. I still haven't finished that O-Chem homework, though.