Pittsburgh at Chicago

Final 15th
Chi. Cubs
W: J. Bayliss (3-2) L: N. Cotts (0-1)
S: S. Torres (10)
HR: PIT - None   CHC - None

Pirates' Wilson ties it in ninth, wins it in 15th at Wrigley

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Jack Wilson didn't have much of a day in the field and his contribution to the offense was a couple of fly balls.

The Pittsburgh shortstop went 0-for-6 with an error Tuesday night, but his first sacrifice fly in the ninth inning tied the game and his second came with the bases loaded in the 15th to give the Pirates a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

"I think it was by far the worst game of my career and it ended up being two nice sac flies to tie the game and end the game," Wilson said.

Ryan Theriot had three hits and drove in two runs for the Cubs, who lost for the second time in 10 games and had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Ronny Paulino led off the 15th with a single off reliever Neal Cotts (0-1). Jose Bautista followed with a sacrifice bunt that first baseman Derrek Lee fielded, but his throw to second was off the mark. A throwing error by catcher Michael Barrett sent Paulino to third. Pinch-hitter Zach Duke struck out, but Cotts hit Ryan Doumit to load the bases. Wilson followed with his sacrifice fly to left-center.

"It wasn't the best major league game. We had chances, we just didn't take advantages of them," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said in a brief postgame news conference. "We've talked before that we need to take advantage of opportunities, today we didn't, come out and play (Wednesday)."

The Cubs have played five extra-inning games and are 1-4 in them.

Jonah Bayliss (3-2) pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the victory and Salomon Torres worked the 15th for his 10th save. The Pirates won despite leaving 17 runners on in the game that lasted 4 hours, 39 minutes.

"It took everything we possibly had to get the four runs," said Pirates manager Jim Tracy, who was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a play at second.

Xavier Nady had four hits for the Pirates, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Alfonso Soriano, not known for his defense, made a great throw from left to throw out Pittsburgh's Don Kelly trying to score the go-ahead run from second with two outs on Jason Bay's single in the 11th.

With one out in the seventh, Cesar Izturis hit a routine bouncer to Wilson at short, who wasn't able to handle it for his third error of the season. Pinch-hitter Darlye Ward followed with a single and Soriano drove in Izturis to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead off Pirates starter Ian Snell.

"It got stuck in my glove. It usually doesn't happen, especially on the easiest ball hit ever," Wilson said. "I'm just glad I had the opportunity to make up for it."

Cubs starter Ted Lilly pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and scattering seven hits.

Cubs closer Ryan Dempster couldn't hold the lead and blew his first save of the season in eight chances. He walked pinch-hitter Nate McLouth with one out and gave up a single to Doumit, who was also pinch hitting. Wilson followed with a sacrifice fly to right to tie it 3-3.

"We had a plethora of wasted opportunities. That eighth inning I thought we put the game away," Piniella said.

Snell pitched seven-plus innings allowing three runs, two earned. He struck out five and didn't allow a walk.

"I don't think you can say enough about the job our starting pitcher Snell did and obviously the job our bullpen did. The job our pitching staff continues to do, you can't give them enough credit," Tracy said.

Lilly gave up a bloop single to Nady in the fourth. With two outs, Paulino doubled to center and outfielder Jacque Jones laid out on the warning track for the ball, but was unable to make the catch and Nady came around to score from first, giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

The Cubs tied the game in the fifth. Lilly reached on an infield single, advanced to second on Soriano's bloop single and scored on Theriot's RBI-single to left.

Bay led off the second inning with a double and scored on Paulino's groundout.

Soriano reached base in the third after getting hit in the helmet during his at-bat. Soriano, who wasn't shaken up, stole second and scored on Theriot's single to right. Soriano slid by Paulino's tag at the plate, tying the game.


  • Soriano extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games. He has reached safely in all 24 games this season.
  • Lee extended his hitting streak to 15 games in the eighth inning.
  • Scott Eyre's three innings of work was his longest outing for the Cubs since April 26, 2002, when he pitched four innings at Anaheim.
  • The Cubs played their longest game since Aug. 15, 2006, a win at Houston that lasted 18 innings.
  • The Pirates longest game of the season was on April 19 when the beat Houston in 16 innings.
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Jack Wilson's second sacrifice fly plates the go-ahead run in the 15th inning for the Pirates.  (AP)
Jack Wilson's second sacrifice fly plates the go-ahead run in the 15th inning for the Pirates. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Soriano
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0

X. Nady
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 0

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Pittsburgh Pirates
Chris Duffy, CF4010000 .237
   a- Ryan Doumit, PH-RF3010011 .432
Jack Wilson, SS6002003 .275
Freddy Sanchez, 2B7010104 .250
Jason Bay, LF7130002 .274
Xavier Nady, RF-CF6140111 .275
Adam LaRoche, 1B5010226 .168
Ronny Paulino, C7122005 .222
Jose Bautista, 3B4010213 .263
Ian Snell, P2000012 .154
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
   b- Nate McLouth, PH0100100 .233
    Matt Capps, P00000001.000
   c- Don Kelly, PH0000100 .133
    Shawn Chacon, P0000000 .000
   d- Jose Castillo, PH1000001 .188
    Jonah Bayliss, P0000000 .000
   e- Zach Duke, PH1000012 .167
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
a-singled for Duffy in the 9th
b-walked for Marte in the 9th
c-walked for Capps in the 11th
d-grounded into a double play for Chacon in the 12th
e-struck out for Bayliss in the 15th
2B - Jason Bay (8, Lilly), Xavier Nady (4, Eyre), Adam LaRoche (4, Lilly), Ronny Paulino (6, Lilly)
SF - Jack Wilson 2 (3)
SH - Jose Bautista (1), Ian Snell (3)
RBI - Jack Wilson 2 (7), Ronny Paulino 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Ronny Paulino (6)
SB - Ronny Paulino (1, 3rd base off Cotts/Barrett)
Team LOB - 17
Outfield Assists - Jason Bay 1
DP - LaRoche, LaRoche-Paulino, Bay-F. Sanchez
E - Jack Wilson (3, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ian Snell 71032050 2.35
Damaso Marte 1000100 0.79
Matt Capps 2100100 2.00
Shawn Chacon 1200020 3.24
Jonah Bayliss (W,3-2) 3100040 6.11
Salomon Torres (S,10) 1000010 5.79
IBB - Barrett by Damaso Marte, Ramirez by Matt Capps
HBP - Soriano (by Ian Snell)
WP - Ian Snell (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Snell 98-68, Damaso Marte 14-6, Matt Capps 25-15, Shawn Chacon 17-12, Jonah Bayliss 38-27, Salomon Torres 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Snell 9-6, Damaso Marte 1-1, Matt Capps 1-4, Jonah Bayliss 3-2, Salomon Torres 2-0
Batters Faced - Ian Snell 31, Damaso Marte 3, Matt Capps 7, Shawn Chacon 4, Jonah Bayliss 10, Salomon Torres 3
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF6131011 .314
Ryan Theriot, 2B7032013 .322
Derrek Lee, 1B7010014 .398
Aramis Ramirez, 3B6010122 .271
Cliff Floyd, RF3000020 .279
    Felix Pie, CF0000000 .224
   a- Matt Murton, PH-RF3000004 .255
Michael Barrett, C5020120 .243
Jacque Jones, CF-RF^CF6000022 .280
Cesar Izturis, SS6110001 .206
Ted Lilly, P2110000 .125
   b- Daryle Ward, PH1010000 .385
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
   c- Mark DeRosa, PH1000000 .261
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Rocky Cherry, P0000000 .000
   d- Jason Marquis, PH1000011 .176
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
   e- Henry Blanco, PH1010000 .353
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
a-popped out for Pie in the 8th
b-singled for Lilly in the 7th
c-fouled out for Dempster in the 9th
d-struck out for Cherry in the 11th
e-singled for Eyre in the 14th
2B - Aramis Ramirez (5, Snell)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano (6), Ryan Theriot 2 (13)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (3, 2nd base off Snell/Paulino), Ryan Theriot (6, 2nd base off Capps/Paulino)
CS - Michael Barrett (1, 2nd base by Chacon/Paulino)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
DP - Theriot-Lee, Ramirez-Theriot-Lee
E - Michael Barrett (3, Throwing), Rocky Cherry (1, Throwing), Jacque Jones (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly 7722140 2.78
Bob Howry (H,5) 1100100 2.60
Ryan Dempster (BS,1) 1111100 2.50
Michael Wuertz0100100 1.84
Will Ohman 0.1000010 3.86
Rocky Cherry 1.2100210 4.26
Scott Eyre 3200200 8.49
Neal Cotts (L,0-1) 1111010 0.77
IBB - LaRoche by Bob Howry, F. Sanchez by Rocky Cherry, J. Bautista by Scott Eyre
HBP - Doumit (by Neal Cotts)
WP - Ryan Dempster (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 110-74, Bob Howry 18-11, Ryan Dempster 21-14, Michael Wuertz 9-3, Will Ohman 4-3, Rocky Cherry 31-17, Scott Eyre 46-26, Neal Cotts 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 4-13, Bob Howry 1-2, Ryan Dempster 1-2, Rocky Cherry 1-2, Scott Eyre 6-1, Neal Cotts 2-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 29, Bob Howry 5, Ryan Dempster 5, Michael Wuertz 2, Will Ohman 1, Rocky Cherry 7, Scott Eyre 11, Neal Cotts 6
Game Information
Attendance - 39708
Game Time - 4:39
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Larry Vanover