Chi. Cubs 14, Pittsburgh 4

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, July 30, 2012 8:05 PM
Location - Wrigley Field
Temperature - 89°
Umpires - Home Plate - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Chris Guccione,
Attendance - 33337

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 8 1
Chi. Cubs 1 0 0 3 9 0 1 0 14 14 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 58-44 33-16 25-28 L2
Chi. Cubs 43-58 27-22 16-36 W3

Recap


Cubs 14, Pirates 4:
Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro homered during a nine-run fifth inning as host Chicago walloped Pittsburgh.

Rizzo hit a three-run homer to get the season-best outburst going and Castro ended it with a two-run blast as the Cubs won their third straight game.

Darwin Barney had three hits and four RBIs, including a go-ahead three-run homer in the fourth, to help Justin Germano (1-1) notch his first win since 2007.

Barney’s homer gave the Cubs a 4-2 advantage, and Rizzo expanded the lead to five with his three-run shot off Erik Bedard (5-12). Barney and Joe Mather had run-scoring singles and David DeJesus added a two-run base hit before Castro homered to straightaway center field off reliever Chris Resop to give Chicago a 13-2 cushion.

Germano allowed two runs and four hits in five innings in his second major-league start since 2008. He got the call due to a recent arm injury suffered by Matt Garza.

Castro had three RBIs, including a run-scoring double in the first.

Michael McKenry recorded two RBIs for Pittsburgh, which remained three games behind first-place Cincinnati in the National League Central. After the game, the Pirates acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Toronto Blue Jays for right-hander Brad Lincoln.

Bedard allowed nine runs (eight earned) and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Cubs completed two trades during Monday’s game – LHP Paul Maholm and OF Reed Johnson were shipped to the Atlanta Braves for two minor-league pitchers, while C Geovany Soto was dealt to the Texas Rangers for minor-league RHP Jacob Brigham. … Pirates OF Starling Marte went 3-for-4 and has three multi-hit outings in five major-league games. … Germano’s last big-league win came against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 28, 2007 while a member of the San Diego Padres. … Bedard has lost six of his last seven decisions.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Pittsburgh   Chi. Cubs
Erik Bedard Player Justin Germano
Loss W/L Win
4.1 IP 5.0
7 Strikeouts 3
7 Hits 4
16.62 ERA 3.60
Hitting
Pittsburgh   Chi. Cubs
Starling Marte Player Starlin Castro
3 Hits 3
1 RBI 3
0 HR 1
3 TB 7
.750 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Pittsburgh 8 0 8 .258 13 4 4 4 0 1
Chi. Cubs 14 3 27 .359 12 11 14 3 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Chi. Cubs will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Cubs have a W/L % of .442 after a win and .414 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game on the road against Chi. Cubs. The Pirates have a W/L % of .534 after a win and .614 after a loss.