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.
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