McCutchen continues to hammer Cubs in rain-delayed Pirates win
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Sports Reporter June 12, 2014 10:38PM
Updated: June 12, 2014 11:17PM
PITTSBURGH – It rained most of the week in Pittsburgh.
But it seemed to come down especially hard on the Cubs when Andrew McCutchen swung the bat for the Pittsburgh Pirates during a four-game series the Pirates won three games to one at PNC Park.
The reigning National League MVP went 8-for-14 against Cubs pitching, with seven extra-base hits – including three home runs – during a four-game tear in which he also drove in nine of the Pirates’ 17 runs.
He capped his big week with a pair of doubles and two RBIs off Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija in a twice-delayed 4-0 victory over the Cubs Thursday.
The Cubs lost leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio to an oblique injury moments into the game, when he crumpled in pain after grounding to short leading off the game. He’s expected to go on the disabled list Friday.
The start of the game was delayed for the second consecutive night, this time by 21 minutes. And after the Pirates opened their big lead, storms hit again for another 74-minute delay.
It added up to 3 hours, 13 minutes of total weather delays the past two nights, with more storms in the forecast for Friday’s series opener in Philadelphia.
And that doesn’t even count the baseball, as the Cubs continue a 10-game road trip trying to find the answer to the worst road record in the majors (11-24).
Samardzija (2-6) gave up a season-high nine hits Thursday, pitching one batter into the seventh, as his sixth-in-the-NL ERA of 2.54 shot up to 2.77 in one night.
Cubs nemesis Edinson Volquez, the former Cincinnati Reds pitcher, improved to 6-0 with a 3.46 ERA in nine career starts (plus a relief appearance) against the Cubs, pitching seven scoreless innings Thursday.