The tale of two halves continued for Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald, who allowed four earned runs on five hits while walking four and striking out two batters in just 3-2/3 innings. After managing to post a phenomenal 2.73 ERA in the first half of the season, McDonald's second-half struggles have continued.
Meanwhile, the Pirates were held hitless by Cubs starting pitcher Chris Rusin until the fifth inning, when Gaby Sanchez doubled on a liner to left field. Pittsburgh's bats managed to score one run in the inning and continued to show signs of life from there on out. However, it wasn't enough to pull off a come-from-behind victory.
Losers of seven straight games, the Pirates now find themselves trailing the St. Louis Cardinals, who currently occupy the second Wild Card spot, by 3.5 games.