Cubs vs. Pirates 4/3/11

An up and down game for the Cubs ends in a thud as the Pirates walked out of Wrigley leaving an L above the scoreboard. The Cubs found themselves down 2 by the third inning but showed some life in the bottom of the fourth when Carlos Pena smashed a two run double off the wall in right tying the game. The Pirates threatened in the fifth but only scored one run which was matched by the Cubs in the bottom of the inning. The Cubs managed their first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth when slugging left fielder Alfonso Soriano took his turn at the plate. Soriano, batting just .125 going into the game blasted a solo home run into the left center field bleachers. Solid pitching for both teams brought the game to the ninth with the Cubs still ahead by one. Then came the ninth inning. Carlos Marmol of the Cubs entered the game looking for his second save of the year. Marmol gave up 2 earned runs on 2 hits and one walk in the inning and recorded his first blown save and eventually loss as the Cubs offense was held to just a hit in the ninth. The loss for the Cubs shifts them to a tie for third place with the Cardinals at 1-2. Chicago moves on to face the Arizona Diamondbacks, Joe Saunders is scheduled to make his first start of the season for the D-Backs and Randy Wells will do the same for the Cubs. With the win the Pirates jump up to second place with a record of 2-1. They will send Charlie Morton to the mound to face Kyle Lohse and the St. Louis Cardinals.  

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