No Cubs No Hey Chicago What An Opening Day

Chicago- Cubs lost their first home game of the season to the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday afternoon.  Chicago started out looking pretty good, Cubs starter Ryan Dempster pitched four scoreless innings, they scored two runs, and then it all changed in the top of the fifth.

The fifth wasn’t so pretty for the home team, Dempster was pitching rather well, four innings, two hits, no earned runs.  Then with two outs and the bases loaded Pirate’s second baseman Neil Walker took the lead for his team with one swing of the bat hitting a grand-slam clearing the bases and making it 4-2.

The Pirates added on to that lead with two more runs in the top of the seventh getting the lead to four.  Chicago got a run in the bottom of the seventh off of a single from Kosuke Fukudome driving in Darwin Barney. 

“We just didn’t have any extra-base hits or big hits. They got six runs on two swings.”  Aramis Ramirez

The seventh was the last time either team would score making the final tally 6-3 with a L in Chicago’s column.

The Cubs did out hit the Pirates 11 to 7, but like Ramirez said there were no big hits just small ball.  Fukudome had a nice game leading off getting two hits and driving in one.  Barney and Ramirez looked good, both getting multiple hits, but Soto and Soriano each had a goose egg in the hit column. 

“We got beat by two big hits today and that happens,” said Cubs manager Mike Quade, “If we had played poorly and pitched poorly and played a poor game, I would have been more disappointed.”

The Cubs have two more games against Pittsburgh this weekend and then they will face the Arizona Diamondbacks continuing their home stand Monday.