Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pirates Buc-kle Down on Cubs

Pittsburgh came into Wrigley and carved up the Cubs, pirate fashion, to win the two game series.

Game One: Pittsburgh 7, Cubs 1

W: Veale (1-1)
L: Holtzman (0-2)

Roberto Clemente has a day at Wrigley, going five-for-five with two runs scored and an RBI, and is only a home run short of the cycle. But it is unassuming catcher Jerry May who has the big blast, a grand slam homer off loser Kenny Holtzman, who continues to struggle to open the season.  Bob Veale has it easy in 7.1 innings of one run work to even his record.

Game Two: Pittsburgh 5, Cubs 4
W: Ellis (1-0)
L:  Abernathy (0-1)
S: Dal Canton (1)

The Cubbies go up 3-0 early on Dock Ellis and the Pirates, thanks in part to a scorching double to left from Ron Santo that plates two. But Joe Niekro, working on short rest, gives up a sixth inning shot by Bill Mazeroski that ties up it. Pittsburgh unties it off reliever Ted Abernathy in the top of the eighth, as pinch hitter Carl Taylor slams a two run homer. Ernie Banks' fourth home run in the first eight games to make it close in the bottom of the inning. But Bruce Dal Canton nails it down with an easy ninth for his first save.



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