Coming into this game, the Cubs were searching for their fifth straight win and sole possession of first place in the NL Central (with a MIL loss). Kyle Hendricks took the mound and pitched well, but only lasted five innings, which put a lot of pressure on the bullpen. A Josh Harrison leadoff home run held as the only run of the ballgame until the Pirates opened things up in the sixth. Brian Duensing had a rare bad outing as he got into trouble in the sixth inning and that was the deciding factor in the game (Box Score).
Why the Cubs Lost
The offense never really got going in this one, as the Cubs only managed to get four hits. The Pirates’ offense finally woke up in the sixth inning as it scored five runs and put this game out of reach. It was a rare bad game for the Cubs bullpen, which has been very dependable all season.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Addison Russell reached base on a leadoff single, and that was followed up by Chris Gimenez reaching base on an error by Josh Harrison. That put men on first and second with zero outs …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider