Cubs Game Notes For Friday vs. Pittsburgh

Cubs: RHP Jake Arrieta (2-0, 2.08 ERA) owns a career 2.20 ERA in 49 starts at Wrigley Field, but faces a Pirates lineup that has tagged the former Cy Young victor for at least six runs in each of their last three meetings. "I think were only able to retire four guys on three pitches or less".

The Cubs' offense kept rolling after the home run, with Addison Russell socking an RBI triple and Jason Heyward driving in a run with an RBI single to give the team a 4-0 lead after the first inning of play.

The Chicago Cubs will be looking to bounce back after taking the loss in game 1.

David Freese and Francisco Cervelli each drove in two runs to back Gerritt Cole, and the Pittsburgh Pirates held off the Chicago Cubs 4-2 Friday to end a four-game skid. Kyle Schwarber and Ben Zobrist each punched in an RBI single to do the damage on the score sheet for the Cubs.

Bryce Harper opened the 10th with a single off Jeanmar Gomez. We were 1-8 here previous year.

Hendricks was responsible for the two runners who scored and ended up allowing three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three through five-plus innings. The Cubs almost rallied late, loading the bases in the eighth and ninth innings. Pirates reliever Tony Watson earned his third save with his scoreless ninth. "I like how we battled late in the game".

NOTES - After playing in the nation's oldest ballpark on Wednesday (Boston's Fenway Park) the Pirates now play three games in the second-oldest (Wrigley Field).

Before a sellout crowd of 41,149 that included former President Jimmy Carter, Commissioner Rob Manfred and one-time home run king Hank Aaron, the Braves won their second straight game after a 1-6 start.

Ultimately, the Cubs would go on to hit for a cycle in the first inning off Pirates starter Tyler Glasnow. Activated LHP Brian Duensing off of the 10-day disabled list and placed RHP Carl Edwards Jr. on the bereavement list. That was previous year. So far this season, he's batting a team-leading.294 among regulars after going 1-for-3 on Friday.

  • Jon Douglas