Cubs sweep Pirates, await Cardinals

After reeling off 20 total runs in three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates (to their eight runs) the Chicago Cubs (47-20, 1st AL Central) are looking to repeat the process against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals beginning tonight thru Wednesday.

Last night, SP Kyle Hendrix was on fire, striking out a career high 12 batters with no walks over six innings becoming the first Cub starter to do so since Matt Garza in 2011.  The win put the Cubs a full 12 games ahead of the visiting Cardinals.  Wilson Contreras also had his first home run of his MLB career.

“He [Hendricks] was really, really good,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Great location, great movement, kept repeating his delivery, nice plays defensively.”

Tonight’s game against the Cards kicks off at 7:05.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Chicago Cubs!

Don’t forget to get your Cubs Votes in for All Star Weekend!

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Cubs kick off series against Pirates tonight

After losing the rubber game against the Nats last night in the 12th inning, the Chicago Cubs (44-20, 1st NL Central) are home and awaiting the beginning of a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (33-33, 3rd NL Central) beginning tonight.

Against the Nationals last night, the game was tied at two through the 10th and 11th innings until Jayson Werth slammed a walk off single in the 12th in front of a sold out stadium.

“They have a good team,” Werth said. “We have a good team. It was a battle. It was a good series. We played tough games at their place, too. We got swept, but I felt we played good enough to win a couple of those games.”

“That’s the type of game you see in October,” Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said.

The Pirates are coming off two losses to the New York Mets and are hoping to turn things around themselves.

Jake Arrieta is starting for the Cubs and has won 21 of his last 22 decisions.  Francisco Liriano (4-6 4.92 ERA) is starting for the Pirates. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours and be there with your Chicago Cubs.

 

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Cubs looking to sweep Pirates

The Chicago Cubs have been on a little bit of a roll as of late, beating the Reds in two games and matching the same against the Pirates with a chance to sweep tonight at home.

The 6-2 win last night was the 4th straight win for the Cubs and were led by Dexter Fowler and Travis Wood as the Cubbies scored six runs while sitting on two outs.

“I love two-out runs,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “They really hurt the other side badly. Conversely, when it happens to you, you’re constantly [thinking], ‘Can we make a better pitch right there? Did we call the right pitch right there? Did we execute the pitch right there?’ The two-strike knocks can really bum you out a little bit. When you get them, there’s nothing more glorious than that.”

The Cubs have the opportunity to sweep the Pirates tonight at 7:05. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get out to the ballpark and support your Chicago Cubs.

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Cubs fall to Pirates

Neil Walker led off in the 10th inning with a home run off of  pitcher Carlos Villanueva to beat the Cubs 1-0 Tuesday night at PNC Park.  It was Walkers first walk-off of his career and the it the first for the Pirates on opening day since Bob Bailey homered off San Francisco’s Juan Marichal in a 1-0, 10-inning victory in 1965.

”This one feels pretty special,” Walker said. ”This is a special day for this team, this organization. We’ve come a long way.”

Before the game, former Pirate Barry Bonds presented centerfielder Andrew McCutchen with the NL MVP award that McCutchen earned last year.  The Cubbies will have two more opportunities against the Pirates as they play on Wednesday and Thursday.

Be sure to get your tickets to the next Cubs home game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. Great seats are still available.