The Cubs defeated the Pirates 5-2 on Wednesday to take the series over the Bucs. After snapping an 8-game losing streak with the 6-1 rain-shortened win over the Pirates on Tuesday night, the Cubs kept the mojo rolling with a big win on Wednesday.
The Cubs took an early 2-0 lead on Milton Bradley’s triple and Reed Johnson’s groundout in the 1st inning. The Pirates, however, were able to tie the game on a Carlos Zambrano wild pitch that allowed Nyjer Morgan to score from 3rd base. Zambrano thought that he tagged Morgan out before Morgan’s hand reached the base, and was eventually tossed by the home plate umpire for arguing the call and bumping the umpire as he leaned in to get closer to Zambrano. These umps really go out of there way to antogonize players these days. I hope this moron home plate umpire gets suspended himself for leaning into Zambrano. Luckily Pinella and Rothschild got out there quick to prevent Zambrano from flipping out even more then he did.
The Cubs kept fighting though and eventually took the lead for good on Reed Johnson’s solo home run to the left field bleachers in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Cubs added 2 insurance runs on back-to-back RBI doubles by recent Triple-A call-ups Andres Blanco and Jake Fox.
Carlos Marmol pitch a scoreless 8th inning to pick up the win and Kevin Gregg got the save despite giving up 2 walks in the 9th. Gregg sure nevers makes it easy on himself.
The Cubs are back over .500 with a 23-22 record. The Cubs still trail the 1st place Cards by 4 games and the 2nd place Brewers by 3 games in the NL Central.