The Chicago Cubs are trailing 10-0 to the Pittsburgh Pirates after six innings of play on Sunday afternoon. A trio of homers by the Pirates provided the early scoring before Pittsburgh blew the game open with a string of hits against the Chicago bullpen in the sixth.
Cubs starter Matt Garza made another throwing error in the first inning on Sunday, continuing a recent trend of issues with making these kinds of basic plays. This tweet from Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago sums it up nicely:
It is what it is, man: Garza now has 10 errors in 40 starts for #Cubs. He had committed 6 errors in 121 games with #Twins and #Rays.— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) May 27, 2012
Garza's throwing error on Sunday proved to be especially costly when Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez smacked a three-run homer later in the inning. The Pirates then expanded their lead with a solo shot from Andrew McCutchen in the fifth inning and two-run homer by Garrett Jones in the sixth.
The Jones homer ultimately knocked Garza out of the game, but the bullpen couldn't stop the bleeding. Rafael Dolis walked both batters that he faced and each of them scored on a two-run single by Gorkys Hernandez later in the frame. Pittsburgh eventually scored six runs in the sixth frame, effecting making the game a blowout.
Over six innings so far, Bedard has allowed just two hits and zero runs. He's walked four and only has three strikeouts, but the Cubs haven't threatened to score often.
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