Cole Mows Down Cubs; Bourjos Runs Over Phils

Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole

The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided the sweep last night at Wrigley Field, trouncing the Chicago Cubs 8-1.

Gerrit Cole was magnificent again, tossing 6 innings and allowing just one unearned run. Cole struck out 8 Cubs and walked one, surrendering three hits. He retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced.

The 24-year old Cole, who was the top pick in the 2011 draft, is currently among the National League’s Top 10 in ERA (1.76), Wins (4-0), Strikeouts (35) and Strikeouts per 9 Innings (10.3). His 2.19 FIP is 3rd best.

In his 13th appearance of the season, Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI, a walk and a stolen base. Kang has put up a .269/.310/.346 slash line this season.

Although he’s hitting just .194 this season, Andrew McCutchen racked up his 1,000th career hit in the ballgame.

For the Cubs, Jorge Soler continued to struggle, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, also grounding into a double play. He’s now 2 for his last 25.

Other Rookie of the Year hopeful, Kris Bryant, went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, drawing a walk in his other plate appearance.

The loss snapped a 4-game winning streak for the Cubs.

The Bucs start a big series in St. Louis on Friday night while the Cubs hope Jon Lester can get the ship righted against Milwaukee.

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The St. Louis Cardinals got a 4-run 5th inning, leading them to a 5-2 win at home over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jason Heyward batted 6th again and went 2-for-4, upping his season average to .228.

Matt Adams (.281) had another pair of hits as well.

Peter Bourjos started and led off, showcasing his speed in that 5th inning by first tying the game at 2-2 with an RBI triple and then scoring at home on a fielder’s choice to put the Redbirds ahead, 3-2. Carpenter grounded one to Ryan Howard at first. He came home with the throw, but Bourjos got in under the tag just before it was applied.

Bourjos later showed off his wheels in the field, taking away a possible double off the bat of Chase Utley, sprinting towards the wall in right-center to make a nice running catch.

Tim Cooney got the call up from AAA and will make his Major League debut for the Cards, taking the place of the injured Adam Wainwright. Cooney grew up a Phillies fan and gets to face off against his childhood team this afternoon.

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In the afternoon, Cincinnati Reds rookie starting pitcher Mike Lorenzen made his debut against the Milwaukee Brewers, taking the loss.

Milwaukee won 8-3 with Ryan Braun going 3-for-5, driving in 5 runs and connecting for a pair of homers (4).

Adam Lind also homered (4) and had a pair of hits to up his season average to .333.

Lorenzen (L 0-1) went 5 innings, struck out 5, and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and a walk, giving up 3 gopher balls.

Milwaukee should be getting star center fielder Carlos Gomez back as well. On the 15-day DL with a right hamstring strain, Gomez is eligible to return Friday and stated that he expects to be in the lineup this Saturday against the Cubs.

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Schedule

8-14 Philadelphia Buchanan, D (0-4, 7.52)
14-6 ST. LOUIS Cooney (NR)
12:45 PM CT
10-11 CINCINNATI Leake (0-1, 3.90)
10-11 Atlanta Miller, S (3-0, 2.05)
6:10 PM CT

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Standings

W L GB Strk
St. Louis Cardinals 14 6 W2
Chicago Cubs 12 8 2.0 L1
Pittsburgh Pirates 12 10 3.0 W1
Cincinnati Reds 10 11 4.5 L1
Milwaukee Brewers 5 17 10.0 W1
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