Chicago jumped out to a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the 2nd highlighted by two RBI doubles by Addison Russell and Tommy La Stella all off Morton. The Buccos came right back in their half of the 2nd with a Travis Snider solo blast and that would be a common theme for Hendricks who wasn't done giving up souvenirs.
In the bottom half of the 3rd it was a Gregory Polanco solo shot and a "El Toro" dba Pedro Alvarez two-run blast all of Hendricks that made it 4-3 Pirates in the lead after three. After a scoreless 4th Morton and Pirates would get touched up on the reliever Joe Blanton would get touched up for a crooked six as the Cubbies would jump out to a 9-4 advantage.
That six-run 5th was highlighted by an Anthony Rizzo two-run "Big Fly" and a Clayton Richards (Cubs Pitcher) two RBI Double. The Buccos would add two more in the 6th and lose 9-6 as the Cubbies (85-61) leave the 'Burgh just two games out of the #1 Wild Card Slot held by the Buccos (87-59).
More importantly the NL Central leading Redbirds of Baseball Town U.S.A. has a 4.5 game lead on Pittsburgh and a 6.5 game lead on Chicago as we have 13-14 games remaining...stay tuned!