Chicago Cubs Bats Silenced in Loss to Pittsburgh Pirates

By Korey Beckett
Wandy Rodriguez Pittsburgh Pirates
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Despite a strong debut from Edwin Jackson and facing Wandy Rodriguez, the Chicago Cubs fell 3-0 to the Pittsburgh Pirates for their first loss in 2013 after only mustering two base hits.

So far we have seen impressive showings from the Cubs’ starters Jackson and Jeff Samardzija, but the offense has gotten off to a shaky start in the first series of the season. Alfonso Soriano and Alberto Gonzalez were the only Cubs to get hits, while the team struck out nine times to the Pirates’ pitchers, for a total of 24 in the first two games.

Pittsburgh’s offense hasn’t exactly been earth-shattering, but at this point, they certainly look stronger from top to bottom than the Cubs. If the Cubs continue to hit this way, it’s going to be a long season, especially considering if the starting rotation is going to have fine performances squandered with poor hitting.

No one is asking Chicago to score seven or eight runs a game, but a little support can go a long way to help make the team a contender. They will be facing many pitchers this season that are stronger than Rodriguez, so it isn’t a good sign they were only able to get a handful of base runners on board.

Soriano once again appeared to be lost at the plate, striking out twice, and the rest of the team looked to follow suit. Just three runs for the first two games isn’t going to get the job done, and will need a win tomorrow to take the series away from Pittsburgh before heading to Atlanta.


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