Sunday, September 16, 2012

Anthony Rizzo's HR and grand slam lead Cubs to 13-9 victory over Pirates in comeback game

The Cubs won 13-9 over the Pirates in an exciting comeback game on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field which was also one of the longest games of the season at four hours and four minutes.  Chris Volstad started for the Cubs didn't fare too well as he allowed six runs on ten hits while striking out three and walking four batters over 4.2 innings pitched.  Volstad left the game with the Cubs trailing 6-1. 

The Cubs then used six pitchers after Volstad and Jeff Beliveau ended up earning his first career MLB win in one of the more exciting games this season.

Anthony Rizzo was the highlight of the game and was showered with Gatorade just as he was about to give his post-game interview on the field.  Rizzo hit two homers, one of which was his first career grand slam, which lifted the Cubs to a 10-9 lead in the sixth inning.  He also had 6 RBIs today.

Anthony Rizzo acknowledges the fans after his first career grand slam in the sixth inning against the Pirates (Getty Images photo)
Manager Dale Sveum said, “There were a lot of great things that happened in that game, obviously Rizzo’s day is spectacular.  I think Joe Mather's leadoff home run (in the sixth) got things going after we weren’t really doing anything. That inning snowballed into a five-run inning, and obviously Rizzo’s blast.”

Bryan LaHair congratulates Anthony Rizzo after his grand slam against the Pirates (photo from
Alfonso Soriano put the Cubs on the board in the first inning with his 100th RBI of the season.  This was the first time Soriano has reached the 100 RBI mark as a Cub.  His 2 RBI put him at 101 for the season.

"I'm just feeling good," Soriano said.  "I had a lot of opportunities to drive guys in.  I'm very happy with what I did.  Personally, it's good, but it's not enough.  It could be better if we had a winning record.  Now, everybody is trying to have fun the last two, three weeks of the season."

I just love it when the Cubs can play spoiler and it's fun to see them still trying their hardest to win games, even though we all know that this is not going to be "the year."

Alfonso Soriano's 100th RBI of the season was an RBI single in the first inning against the Pirates (Getty Images photo)
Tomorrow the Cubs and Pirates will play the final game of the three-game series at 7:05pm CT.  Travis Wood will make the start for the Cubs and try to earn his seventh win of the season.

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