Cubs beat Pirates to take three of four, inch closer in wild-card chase (VIDEO)
SEP 17, 4:08p ET | AP
Rotowire: Sep 17 / 1:36p ET
News: Richard (4-2) picked up the victory in a 9-6 win over the Pirates on Thursday despite surrendering four hits and two earned runs in 3.1 innings.
Impact: It's been an up-and-down month for the veteran reliever, with a little bit of everything mixed in over six appearances. Two games where he retired the only batter he faced are sandwiched between two others where Richard was unable to record an out. Additionally, over his most recent two trips to the mound, including Thursday, Richard has thrown a combined 90 pitches. The 32-year-old opened with a smooth and scoreless fifth Thursday before giving up two hits in the sixth and three in the seventh, including two ground-rule doubles. Although his performance was somewhat shaky, Richard has not surrendered a home run in 11 consecutive appearances and has only yielded a total of three over 39 innings pitched on the season.
Rotowire: Sep 12 / 6:24a ET
News: Richard is one of the candidates to start in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Manager Joe Maddon has called for Sunday as a "staff day," with Richard, Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill, and Carl Edwards all possibilities to pitch in the second game of the doubleheader. Dan Haren will start the opener.