After the Pirates failed to score in the bottom half of the first, the Cubs’ first two batters reached in the second – Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch and Nate Schierholtz singled, moving Rizzo to second. Then …
… Ryan Sweeny grounded into a double play and Welling Castillo grounded out to Morton.
Cubs 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position after that 0-for-2 inning.
Now the Cubs had runners on first and third … but Castro popped out. But hey, the Cubs rallied to tie … and reliever Hector Rondon retired the Pirates 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the frame.
Another extra-inning game and a chance to get that first W for new manager Rick Renteria.
Chicago managed a two-out single in the 10th, but didn’t score. Junior Lake led off the 11th with a double … but didn’t score.
What what do you know, Rizzo homered to lead off the 12th. Cubs lead 3-2. Would they hold it?
Nope. A one-out walk followed by a hit batsman put two Pirates on base. The Cubs managed to get the second out without giving up a run, but Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte tied it with an RBI single.
Then the game dragged on. No runs in the 13th. No runs in the 14th or 15th.