Ladies and gentlemen the unthinkable has happened. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs have finished a Major League Baseball game in a tie!
Is there any way more fitting for the Pittsburgh Pirates to finish their 2016 home schedule than this? The Pirates and Cubs finished this game at a 1-1 tie. Due to this, the Pirates are now 78-80-1 on the season.
The game was delayed with one out in the top of the sixth inning and the game tied at one. At this point the game was official. And since the game meant literally nothing it would be called about an hour later.
Thursday night will, most likely, prove to be Ivan Nova‘s final start as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Due to the tie, Ivan Nova gets credited with a complete game on Thursday night. This is his third complete game 11 starts with the Pirates.
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Ivan Nova pitched brilliantly on Thursday night. In 5 1/3 innings pitched he allowed just one run on four hits, zero walks, and five strikeouts. Furthermore, three of the four hits he allowed were infield hits.
More than likely the free agent to be has priced himself out of Pittsburgh. If so, then I say thank you Ivan for two awesome months. And best of luck in your future endeavors.
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ lone run came in the third inning. After the Pirates had loaded the bases with no one out Josh Bell stepped to the plate. Bell hit a sacrifice fly to right field, it scored Eric Fryer, and the Pirates tied the game at one.
In Thursday night’s tie, I still can not believe I just typed that, the Pittsburgh Pirates had just two hits. These two hits were singles by Eric Fryer and David Freese. On top of these two base hits, Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen each drew a walk.
After tying the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates have three games remaining. These three games will come in St. Louis against the Cardinals this weekend. Hopefully the Bucs can earn a sweep to finish the season over .500 at 81-80-1.