Cubs Give Pirates Manager the Birthday Gift He Wishes He Could Return

Despite celebrating his 55th birthday yesterday, Clint Hurdle received a gift from the Chicago Cubs that made him remark “You shouldn’t have.” Despite tying the game at one in the third inning, the Pirates went on to suffer their worst game of the season, giving up 14 runs when the dust had settled, while only managing to bat in four. While it hurts to miss an opportunity to capitalize on the end of the Reds’ recent winning streak, the Pirates remain confident tonight and Pittsburgh Pirates tickets are still expected to sell well.

The fifth inning was the most apparent collapse of the Pirates, when the Cubs put up nine runs. Following a three-run homer in the fourth inning by Darwin Barney, Cubs Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro each slammed home runners, with a three-run homer and a two-run hit, respectively. Those collective eight runs would prove to be just too much to recover from for the remainder of the game, despite the Pirates holding batters to just one run for the remainder of the game. The stats tell the true story of the blowout during a momentary lapse in Pirates pitching, with the Cubs’ 14 hits driving in 14 runs.

And Erik Bedard, who was the unfortunate recipient of the heavy blows, was having a great game up until Cubs batters starting finding his pitches. In fact, seven of the thirteen outs in the game came from strikeouts thrown by Bedard. Bedard, of course, also set some personal records of his own, logging the most runs, most runs in an inning, and biggest margin of defeat the pitcher has ever faced. Bedard noted that the Cubs hit “good pitches” and “bad pitches” but “some of them went over the fence.”


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