The game was delayed in excess of two hours by rain. Once it got going, Ryan Dempster survived a rough first inning to hold the Pirates offense down. Chicago scratched out three runs against Jeff Karstens as the Pirates failed to sweep. A win in this game would've left the Pirates just one game under .500.
Dempster issued two out walks to Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker in the first inning. Lyle Overbay poked a double to right that scored both runners, giving Pittsburgh an early 2-0 lead. But Pittsburgh would only get one runner to second base the rest of the game as Dempster gave up nothing but two out singles the rest of the time he was on the mound.
Aramis Ramirez led off the bottom of the third with a solo homer, just his second on the year. The Cubs pushed the tying run across in the same inning. Carlos Pena singled. One out later speedy Tony Campana beat out a grounder to Ronny Cedeno, whose throw to first was wild, allowing Pena to mo...
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.