PNC Park | 1:35 | Youman vs. Carlos Zambrano | Box
The Pirates finished out the first half with four series wins. They went 7-3 over their last 10, beating Ben Sheets and Carlos Zambrano in the process. They made up a little ground in the NL Central standings.
Still, at 40-48, they're on pace to finish the 2007 season with 73 wins.
This afternoon, Shane Youman threw a quality start, Shawn Chacon and Matt Capps pitched three scoreless innings of relief, and Jason Bay showed signs of life as the Pirates dropped the Cubs, 6-2. Our left fielder went 2 for 4 with a home run and four runs batted in, ending the first half on a high note.
Still, Bay is hitting .254. Adam LaRoche, thanks to a recent tear, is up to .239. Ronny Paulino, .234. Jack Wilson, .259. Jose Bautista, .257.