CHICAGO 3 – PITTSBURGH 1
Post-Game Player Reports
Game 1 Monday, April 1, 2013
Cubs 3 @ Pirates 1
Russell Martin| 0-4, 13 #P’s
Martin was 0-4 at the plate and 0-1 with runners in scoring position. Defensively Martin made a great defensive stop on a wild pitch in the fourth inning to save a run but the Cubs ran effectively on Martin who was 0-for-2 in throwing runners out as Castro and Schierholtz stole bases.
Gaby Sanchez, 1B | 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, 15 #P’s
Sanchez in the No. 5 spot did not work out today. Sanchez was 0-3 at the plate and struck out with runners on first and third in the first inning when the Pirates failed to take advantage of one of the few times they got to Jeff Samardzija.
Neil Walker, 2B | 1-4, 1 SO, 19 #P’s
Walker singled to left center in the bottom of the 2nd inning for his lone hit of the game. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth with runners at first and second, Walker flied to right with one out.
Clint Barmes, SS | 0-2, 1 SO, 8 #P’s
Barmes was 0-2 at the plate and replaced in the ninth inning by defensive minded shortstop John McDonald.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B | 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 18 #P’s
Alvarez picked up the Pirates third hit of the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Andrew McCutchen. Alvarez batting cleanup was 1-3 with runners in scoring position, striking out in the first with runners at first and third, and grounding out to second in the sixth with Andrew McCutchen at second base and in scoring position.
John McDonald, SS | 0-0
Replaced Clint Barmes in the ninth inning and had a throwing error.
Starling Marte, LF | 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, 16 #P’s even rating
Marte walked in the first inning, getting ahead 3-0 in the count then walking after seeing six pitches. Overall Marte was 0-3 on the day.
Andrew McCutchen, CF| 1-3, 2B, 1 R, 1 SO, 15 #P’s
McCutchen had the Pirates lone extra base hit, hitting a double to left off Jeff Samardzija in the sixth inning and McCutchen scored a run in the ninth.
Garrett Jones, RF | 0-4, 1 SO, 17 #P’s
Jones batting second in the lineup raised some eye brows and he was 0-4 with 1 strikeout in the loss.
Jose Tabata, PH-LF| 0-1, 5 #P’s
Tabata pinch hit for Barmes in the bottom of the 8th inning and grounded out to shortstop.
Travis Snider, PH | 0-1, 1 SO, 4 #P’s
Snider came off the bench pinch hitting for Hughes in the 8th inning, and struck out on four pitches.
A.J. Burnett| 0-1, 5.2 IP, 6 Hits, 3 runs, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO, 98-61 PC-ST |
Burnett struck out 10 batters and walked just one and had little run support in the loss. Burnett’s big mistake was in the first inning when Anthony Rizzo belted a two-run homer off Burnett with one on and one out in the top of the first and Welington Castillo hit an RBI double off Burnett in the top of the 6th inning. Burnett struggled against Castillo who hit two doubles off him. Overall, though, it was a positive opening day outing for Burnett.|
Justin Wilson| 1.1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 runs, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 19-15 PC-ST |
Wilson came in in relief of Burnett and was perfect in 1 1/3 innings, allowing no hits and no walks and striking out two. Wilson was very effective at throwing strikes.|
Jared Hughes| 1.0 IP, 0 Hits, 0 runs, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 13-7 PC-ST |
Jared Hughes pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning, getting Castro and Rizzo to hit into ground outs and striking out Soriano to close out the inning.|
Mark Melancon| 1.0 IP, 0 Hits, 0 runs, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 9-8 PC-ST |
Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth inning. After Schierholtz reached base on a throwing error from John McDonald, and stole second, the Cubs were in scoring position with no outs. Melancon struck out Castillo, then got Valbuena to fly out and with Schierholtz at third, Melancon struck out Gonzalez to close out the inning. A solid outing for Melancon.