Pittsburgh 5, Chi. Cubs 0

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 8:05 PM
Location - Wrigley Field
Temperature - 75°
Umpires - Home Plate - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Tim Tschida,
Attendance - 33158

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 59-44 33-16 26-28 W1
Chi. Cubs 43-59 27-23 16-36 L1

Recap


Pirates 5, Cubs 0:
A.J. Burnett pitched 7 2/3 no-hit innings before settling for a one-hit shutout and Neil Walker matched his career high with five RBIs as visiting Pittsburgh defeated Chicago.

Burnett was four outs away from his second career no-hitter when Adrian Cardenas lined a clean single to right field to break up the bid. Burnett recorded the final four outs to conclude the 10th shutout of his career.

Burnett (13-3) struck out eight, walked two and hit a batter while winning for the 12th time in 13 decisions. He improved to 6-0 in seven career starts against the Cubs.

Walker hit a first-inning grand slam and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Cardenas was called up from Triple-A Iowa earlier in the day and sharply smacked a 3-2 pitch for the hit that continues the Cubs’ streak of 47 years without being no-hit. Chicago was last no-hit in 1965 when Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers hurled a perfect game.

Casey Coleman (0-2) drew the start after Chicago traded scheduled starter Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers earlier Tuesday.

The Pirates loaded the bases on two singles and a walk before Walker hit a towering shot to right for his second career grand slam.

Dempster was traded to the Rangers just prior to Tuesday’s trading deadline for two minor-leaguers – third baseman Christian Villanueva and right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks.

Coleman was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to make the start and gave up four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Pittsburgh made two trades prior to the deadline. The club sent 3B Casey McGehee to the New York Yankees for reliever Chad Qualls and acquired 1B Gaby Sanchez and minor-league reliever Kyle Kaminska for outfield prospect Gorkys Hernandez and Pittsburgh’s sandwich pick between the first and second round of the 2013 draft. … In addition to Coleman and Cardenas, the Cubs recalled C Wellington Castillo from Triple-A Iowa. The reinforcements were necessary after Chicago dealt LHP Paul Maholm and OF Reed Johnson to the Atlanta Braves and C Geovany Soto to the Rangers. … The switch-hitting Walker has 11 homers this season, all while batting left-handed. … Cubs 2B Darwin Barney left the game after being beaned in the head by Burnett in the eighth. … OF Travis Snider went 1-for-4 in his Pirates debut after being acquired from Toronto on Monday.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Pittsburgh   Chi. Cubs
A.J. Burnett Player Casey Coleman
Win W/L Loss
9.0 IP 4.2
8 Strikeouts 5
1 Hits 7
0.00 ERA 7.71
Hitting
Pittsburgh   Chi. Cubs
Andrew McCutchen Player Adrian Cardenas
3 Hits 1
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
4 TB 1
.600 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Pittsburgh 8 1 13 .235 16 11 5 5 1 0
Chi. Cubs 1 0 1 .036 5 8 0 2 2 3

Upcoming Games

  • Chi. Cubs will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Cubs have a W/L % of .432 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 .622 after a loss.