No one saw it, but the Cubs beat the Pirates 6-1 at PNC Park this afternoon. Carlos Silva gave up four hits, struck out five and walked one. He’s 8 and freakin’ 0, the first Cubs starter to do that since Ken Holtzman went 9-0 in 1967. It was the same story for Silva today as it’s been all year: he worked quick, he threw strikes, and he changed speeds. I wonder if there’s a lesson in there for anyone.
Dana Eveland got the start for Pittsburgh, his first since coming over from the Jays in a trade. Not a good day for Eveland, as the AP game story makes clear:
General manager Neal Huntington called Eveland an upgrade over what the
Pirates already have, but at least one fan wasn’t impressed. When
Theriot doubled leading off the game, a fan in the nearly empty upper
deck yelled to Eveland, “You’ll fit right in here.”
Eveland gave up six runs on three hits in five innings. Welcome to Pittsburgh.