September 30: Pirates (59-97) @ Cubs (82-74); Game 1

Jenifer Langosch/

Cubs great Ernie Banks once said: “Let’s play two!” So why don’t we since we’re here at Wrigley Field today.

First game is scheduled to start at 2:05 pm. ET and is a makeup of the Aug. 16 game that was “rained” out. Game 2 will commence at 8:05 pm ET.

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • In just over an hour Charlie Morton will take the mound at Wrigley for the first time since allowing 10 runs in a one-inning start here back in August. It can’t get any worse than that, though the Pirates are quite confident it will be much better since Morton has shown an improved agressiveness since that start. The one knock on Morton that I heard from multiple people after he was traded to the Pirates was that he lacks some self-confidence and the ability to stay mentally tough. We’ll see if those perceived mental weaknesses play any role today.
  • If right-hander Anthony Claggett makes an appearance for the Pirates during these last six games, he’ll bring the total of players used by the team this season to 49. That would match a club record also reached in 1987 and 2001.
  • This is the second day-night doubleheader the Pirates will play in a month. That’s brutal, for all involved. The Pirates lost both ends of the twin bill in Cincinnati on Aug. 31.
  • The last time Pittsburgh and Chicago played a doubleheader was on May 28, 2004, in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won both of those games.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  3. Garrett Jones (RF)
  4. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  5. Steve Pearce (1B)
  6. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  7. Brian Bixler (2B)
  8. Luis Cruz (SS)
  9. Charlie Morton (RHP)

Cubs lineup:

  1. Ryan Theriot (SS)
  2. Kosuke Fukudome (CF)
  3. Jeff Baker (3B)
  4. Micah Hoffpauir (1B)
  5. Jake Fox (LF)
  6. Bobby Scales (RF)
  7. Geovany Soto (C)
  8. Andres Blanco (2B)
  9. Ted Lilly (LHP)

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