Analysis

Game #87 vs. Cubs

Game #87 vs. Cubs

PNC Park | 7:05 | Van Benschoten vs. Ted Lilly | Box

Nothing went right on Saturday night.
Adam LaRoche was a late scratch, Xavier Nady and Jason Bay combined to go 0 for 7 in the middle of the order, and John Van Benschoten was out of control. The Cubs' offense took advantage early, and Chicago held on to win, 7-1.
JVB lasted only 2.2 innings, throwing 47 of his 73 pitches for strikes. He walked three and allowed seven hits. The relief corps deployed by Jim Tracy---John Wasdin, John Grabow, Masumi Kuwata and Tony Armas---shows that the game got ugly in a hurry.
The top of the Cubs' order combined to go 9 for 19 with a walk, three RBI and four runs scored. Conversely, the Pirates' top four went 2 for 16. It was Goliath versus David, and the giant won.
Recaps
Pirates.com
Pittsburgh Po...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. We also have a promotion with DraftKings where you can get a FREE one-year subscription to the site by signing up as a new DraftKings customer and making a $5 minimum deposit.  Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

More in Analysis

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Tyler Glasnow Leaves With Right Shoulder Discomfort in Pirates Win

Alan SaundersJuly 23, 2016
Elias Diaz TW 71016

Pirates Notes: Tyler Glasnow and Elias Diaz Return to the Majors

Alan SaundersJuly 23, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

What Has Led to Andrew McCutchen’s Plate Patience Struggles This Year?

Alan SaundersJuly 23, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Gerrit Cole Has a Great Start, But Pirates Can’t Get the Offense Going in Loss

Alan SaundersJuly 22, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Notes: Clint Hurdle Stresses the Importance of Communication

Alan SaundersJuly 22, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Francisco Liriano Strikes Out 13 in Pirates Win Over the Brewers

Alan SaundersJuly 22, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects