Lee homers twice as Cubs take down Pirates
“We can’t ignore it and say it didn’t happen,” said manager John Russell, whose team was dismantled by the trading of five everyday players since opening day. “We’re not accepting it. We’re making moves to make sure we build a championship team, and we want that to happen as soon as possible.”
In the opposing dugout, the
“There isn’t any team that wants to lose,” said Piniella, whose own team hasn’t won the World Series since 1908. “Some are a little more fortunate, some have more money to spend, some of them draft better players. But I’m sure this organization in the near future will start winning with more regularity. It would be great for the National League and the fans here, they’ve had a lot of history here and success in the past to draw on.”
No recent success, for sure. The
Fittingly, the song “Money for Nothing” was played during one inning break, which befits a team that has spent about a half billion dollars on salaries since 1993 yet has fielded only one team that went into September with an opportunity to win a division title.
Given that the
“Setting a major league mark for losing hurts and it hits particularly hard for us because everyone in this organization is extraordinarily proud to be a part of a franchise that has such a long and rich history of winning,” team president Frank Coonelly said.
A franchise that won five World Series from 1909-79 and sent 13 players to the Hall of Fame did not publicly mention the dubious record, and there were few eyewitnesses – 14,673 – on a drizzly Labor Day. The loss was the
Except against the
Lee hit his 30th homer into the center field shrubbery with two out in the first, then hit his 31st into the front row of the left-field bleachers two innings later after
“It’s been a good few days,” Lee said. “I definitely have been feeling good at the plate. It seems when I get a pitch, it’s been going out of the ballpark.”
McCutchen has allowed three homers since being promoted to the majors on Aug. 31, each on a first pitch.
Lilly (11-8) needed 86 pitches over six innings to win for the first time in his last six road starts, with the left-hander and relievers
Marmol pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 14 opportunities.
McCutchen (0-1) gave up nine hits and four runs in seven innings. … Chicago recalled right-hander