Cubs 5, Pirates 3
Thomas Diamond received a game ball and a beer shower after his
first major league win.
Diamond relieved injured starter Tom Gorzelanny and was part of
a strong effort by the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen Wednesday in a 5-3
victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
”It’s always nice to get the first. I wish it would have
happened a little sooner,” Diamond said. ”Now, hopefully we can
go on and win a few more.”
Kosuke Fukudome had three hits, including a go-ahead double,
during a perfect day at the plate for the Cubs. Carlos Marmol
escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning and finished for
his 25th save in 30 chances.
Gorzelanny was knocked out in the third when Jose Tabata lined a
shot off his right hand. The left-hander, a former Pirate who is a
native of nearby Evergreen Park, Ill., departed for X-rays.
”That was very scary,” Tabata said. ”I saw the ball and I
thought it was his face. In the moment I froze. I hope he’s better.
I feel bad for that.”
After Gorzelanny left, five Cubs relievers combined to allow
four hits the rest of the way.
”Now that I’ve moved from the rotation to the bullpen,
hopefully I can find a spot there and contribute,” the 27-year-old
Diamond (1-3) gave up two runs and two hits in 1 2-3 innings.
Marmol walked in a run with two outs in the eighth but struck out
Tabata to preserve a 5-3 lead.
James McDonald (2-5) took the loss, allowing three runs and
eight hits in five innings.
”For most of the game he wasn’t able to get the ball down like
he usually does and it cost him a little bit,” Pirates manager
John Russell said.
Diamond, called up from Triple-A Iowa on Aug. 2, struck out
three and walked one. The Cubs won two of three in the series and
finished 5-10 against last-place Pittsburgh this season.
”I’ve been feeling pretty good and I’ve been working on a new
pitch – a cutter – with (pitching coach) Larry (Rothschild),”
Diamond said. ”Today I had a little trouble with it, but it’s only
about a week and a half old.”
Koyie Hill’s two-out RBI double put Chicago ahead in the second.
Neil Walker tied it in the third with the second of his three hits,
a two-out solo homer off Diamond.
Starlin Castro singled for the Cubs in the third and scored on
Fukudome’s double to the left-field ivy. Fukudome came around on
rookie Tyler Colvin’s two-out double for a 3-1 lead.
Fukudome finished 3 for 3 with two doubles and a walk. He also
The Pirates chased Diamond in the fifth when leadoff batter
Andrew McCutchen doubled home McDonald to trim the Cubs’ lead to
Chicago added two insurance runs in the seventh, including a
run-scoring single by Micah Hoffpauir and another by Jeff
In the eighth, the Pirates had runners on first and second with
two outs when Marmol entered. He walked pinch-hitter Delwyn Young
and forced in a run with a walk to McCutchen before getting out of
”Command can be an issue (with Marmol),” Cubs interim manager
Mike Quade said. ”But I don’t care. He got through it. He did a
Notes: Pittsburgh recalled outfielder John Bowker, one of two
players acquired in a late July trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers
for reliever Octavio Dotel. … The Pirates will swap starting
pitchers this weekend against Washington. LHP Paul Maholm (7-13)
will go Saturday instead of Sunday, with RHP Charlie Morton (1-10)
pitching Sunday. … Before the game, the Cubs rededicated a statue
of late broadcaster Harry Caray outside Wrigley Field. Caray’s
wife, Dutchie Caray, was among those on hand for the ceremony.