Pittsburgh Pirates series takeaways vs. Chicago Cubs

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Aug 4, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke (49) reacts on the field prior to playing the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Game Three: Jeff Locke (6-6, 4.21 ERA) vs. Dan Haren (7-7, 3.42 ERA)

Result: Pirates win 7-5

Winning Pitcher: Antonio Bastardo (3-1, 3.82 ERA)

Losing Pitcher: Travis Wood (5-4, 4.58 ERA)

Save: Mark Melancon (34, 1.44 ERA)

  • What went right:
    • Gregory Polanco had a very big game, hitting a lead-off home run and hitting the go-ahead RBI in the bottom of the sixth inning. He went 2-5 with two RBIs and a run scored.
    • Andrew McCutchen was involved in a big way, going 1-2 with a home run, a sac-fly, two RBIs, two runs scored, and a walk.
    • Francisco Cervelli was awesome in the eight spot in the order, going 2-4 with a triple and two runs scored.
    • The new back end of the bullpen looked fairly solid as Joakim Soria, Tony Watson, and Mark Melancon closed off the game and sealed the win for the Pirates.
  • What went wrong:
    • Anthony Rizzo can officially be called a Pirate killer, going 1-3 with a home run, two RBIs, and a run scored.
    • Jeff Locke wasn’t able to go very deep in the ball game. He wasn’t terrible, but allowed a 4-1 lead to disappear very quickly. He went 5.2 innings, allowed four runs on four hits and struck out four.
    • Jared Hughes was not very sharp out of the bullpen. He didn’t record an out, and allowed one hit and two walks.
    • Sean Rodriguez was picked off of first base in the eighth inning.

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