Cubs shut out in doubleheader for first time since 1962
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Sports Reporter April 16, 2014 9:18PM
Updated: April 16, 2014 11:40PM
NEW YORK – The iconic Cubs made a rare appearance in the Bronx against the storied Yankees, and earned a place in franchise history.
They would have rather had a win – a run, even.
Instead, they were shut out in both ends of a doubleheader for the first time in 52 years, losing 3-0 in the opener to the guy they spent their off-season pursuing, Masahiro Tanaka, and losing the nightcap 2-0 to Michael Pineda and three relievers.
It was the first time the Cubs went scoreless for an entire doubleheader since the Cardinals beat them 4-0 and 8-0 in a pair at Wrigley Field on June 27, 1962.
They would have avoided playing a doubleheader altogether if ugly weather all day Tuesday hadn’t forced the frigid and fruitless one-day series.
The Cubs managed just nine hits combined in the two games, including just two bunt singles against Tanaka in his eight innings of work.
The Cubs put two men on in the ninth of the nightcap on a leadoff single and one-out walk. And a wild pitch with two out put the potential tying runs in scoring position.
But Ryan Kalish grounded out to shortstop Derek Jeter to end it.
Left-hander Zac Rosscup, added from Class AAA as a 26th player for the doubleheader, made his season debut in the seventh and retired all five Yankees he faced.