After seeing James McDonald's post All-Star break struggles continue on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates needed the Erik Bedard that -- after some adjustments -- has been dominant his first two starts in the second half of the season on the mound in Chicago on Monday. And over the first three innings, it looked like the Pirates would get the start they needed.
Bedard struck out his first batter in each of the first three innings, but managed to give up a run to the Cubs in the first inning on an unlucky hop.
Bedard whiffed Reed Johnson on a 2-2 curveball, but the drop third strike took a bad bounce and got away from catcher Michael McKenry to allow the runner to reach first. Starlin Castro jumped on the second pitch of the next at-bat and ripped an RBI double off the ivy in left field ...
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