Improved Box Score: Cubs 6, Pirates 3 – July 31, 2020

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The Cubs won the opener against the Pirates, and there was only LITTLE heartburn in the final innings. It’s a beginning.Yu Darvish looked fantastic tonight, in line with what he was showing us in the second half of last year. The stuff was as good as his first outing, but this time around he ordered it much better. He was so on point that he put two seams twice – the fastball he seemed to have the hardest time to command – straight onto the black for strikeouts at 98 mph.

Jason Heyward came in to help the Cubs build a 4-0 with a 0-2 single, two outs and two runs:

And a two-run single from Anthony Rizzo in the 8th gave the Cubs their six runs. Lots more opportunities to add even more points, but a little less with runners at the base and less than two outs in this one. It happens. Don’t make it a habit.

Darvish finished scoreless six which is great and you will take it. But of course that meant the Cubs had to get three innings from the bullpen …

Kyle Ryan was solid in his heat of work – speed was still down from last year, but up from his first two outings – but gave up a brace to open his second frame. He was called out, and Rowan Wick allowed a few weak singles to give up a run and take the tie at home in 8th. Never fun.

No fun either: watching Craig Kimbrel these days. It’s really sad, but it’s the reality. The other night he couldn’t throw any strikes or swing his curved ball. Tonight he arrived hitting with the fastball, but right at the waist – the first hitter he faced, Josh Bell, crushed one. The second batter he faced, Colin Moran, ran over one. The next three guys absolutely smoked the ball, but luckily on outs. Glad the Cubs won, and glad he finished the round, but if you wanted comfort tonight about Kimbrel, you weren’t.

But back to the good stuff. Cubs Win – Darvish was great, and the bats just kept doing their job.

Score from the full box.



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