McCutchen again hurts Cubs in 4-2 rain-delayed loss to Pirates
By GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org May 23, 2013 4:54PM
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates scores on an RBI single in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game on May 23, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Updated: May 23, 2013 5:10PM
PITTSBURGH – Andrew McCutchen continued his one-man beating of the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon, delivering run-scoring hits in each of the first two innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Cubs with a 4-2, rain-interrupted victory at PNC Park.
McCutchen, who drove in the only run in the Pirates’ win Tuesday night, had three hits, two stolen bases and scored a run as the Pirates sent the Cubs to their fourth straight loss.
With the Pirates leading 4-1 in the Cubs’ half of the fourth inning, the game was stopped by a strong downpour.
The Cubs had runners at the corners with two out and one run already in when the rain hit.
Neither starting pitcher returned when play resumed after the 1-hour, 47-minute delay. Reliever Vin Mazzaro quickly ended the Cubs’ interrupted rally by getting Welington Castillo on a sharp grounder toward the hole at third.
Pedro Alvarez made the diving stop and threw Castillo out on a close play.
The Cubs continue their six-game trip against division opponents when they open a three-game series Friday at Cincinnati against the defending NL Central champions.