Improved Box Score: Pirates 3, Cubs 2 – September 22, 2020


Well, the Cubs clinched a playoff berth before being eliminated in the 9th, so at least there’s that.But the attack was again almost entirely absent, with the exception of an Anthony Rizzo swing. What, were you expecting MORE races after the Cubs gave you five last night? Come on, you greedy goose.

Jose Quintana got the first two innings, looking a lot like Jose Quintana: the curved ball was strong, the change was inconsistent and the fastball picked up when he fell behind in the count. It was a nice two innings, but nothing that really got you thinking about a playoff role one way or the other.

On the contrary, the four rounds of Adbert Alzolay which followed. Sensational. It featured a slurvy curve ball with an obscene sideways movement, and it had scent after scent after scent. Yes, the Pirates are a terrible attacking club, but Alzolay looked a lot like a guy you’d want in your postseason box. He’s always had the trick, but he’s never had a real look in a backup role over multiple innings. I’m not saying you’re closing the door on him as a possible departure next year, but man, if that’s how he looks in relief right now, then USE it!

Unfortunately, new Cubs left-hander Andrew Chafin couldn’t hold back the 9th, giving up a two-exit circuit to a goober to end it:

Not really terrible terrain. Guy has just put his hand very well. Tilt your cap.

Score from the full box.


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