Chi. Cubs 13, Pittsburgh 9

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, September 16, 2012 2:20 PM
Location - Wrigley Field
Temperature - 79°
Umpires - Home Plate - Rob Drake, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Sam Holbrook,
Attendance - 33559

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Pittsburgh 0 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 9 14 1
Chi. Cubs 1 0 0 0 4 5 0 3 13 15 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 73-72 42-30 31-42 L1
Chi. Cubs 58-88 36-35 22-53 W1

Recap


Cubs 13, Pirates 9: Anthony Rizzo homered twice and drove in six runs as host Chicago rallied from a 6-1 deficit to beat reeling Pittsburgh.

Rizzo delivered a grand slam off Jared Hughes (2-2) during a five-run sixth as the Cubs jumped ahead 10-9. His two-run homer in the fifth began the comeback. Jeff Beliveau (1-0) got the final two outs of the sixth to earn his first major-league victory.

Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez hit his 28th and 29th homers -- a two-run homer in the fifth and a three-run shot in the sixth – and drove in five runs. Rod Barajas hit a two-run homer, his 10th, for the Pirates, who dropped to 73-72 and have lost 12 of their past 15 games to fall three behind St. Louis in the wild-card chase.

Chicago starter Chris Volstad allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Pirates built a 6-1 advantage. Joe Mather’s fifth homer of the season, a solo homer with one out in the fifth, started a four-run inning that brought the Cubs within 6-5.

Alvarez’s second homer made it 9-5 in the sixth before the Cubs scored five in the bottom of the frame. Darwin Barney hit a RBI single to left before Rizzo’s grand slam to right-center on a 3-1 pitch.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The two teams combined for 29 hits (Chicago 15, Pittsburgh 14). … Cubs LF Alfonso Soriano finished with three hits and two RBIs. … The Cubs have won seven of their past nine, with five of those victories coming against the Pirates.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Pittsburgh   Chi. Cubs
Jeff Locke Player Chris Volstad
No Decision W/L No Decision
4.1 IP 4.2
2 Strikeouts 3
7 Hits 10
10.38 ERA 11.57
Hitting
Pittsburgh   Chi. Cubs
Starling Marte Player Anthony Rizzo
3 Hits 3
1 RBI 6
0 HR 2
5 TB 10
.500 Avg .600

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Pittsburgh 14 3 25 .368 16 8 9 8 4 1
Chi. Cubs 15 3 26 .385 15 7 13 4 1 1

Upcoming Games

  • Chi. Cubs will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Cubs have a W/L % of .414 after a win and .386 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game on the road against Chi. Cubs. The Pirates have a W/L % of .493 after a win and .514 after a loss.