Op­por­tu­ni­ties slip away in Cubs’ loss to Pirates

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY RUS­SELL DORSEY, STAFF RE­PORTER rdorsey@sun­times.com @Russ_Dorsey1

The Cubs had their chances in their 6-2 loss Thurs­day to the Pirates, but af­ter two big of­fen­sive per­for­mances, they were un­able to keep the suc­cess go­ing.

The Cubs cre­ated a lot of traf­fic and put the lead­off man on base in the third, fourth, sixth and eighth in­nings. They even had an op­por­tu­nity with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, but Ja­son Kip­nis struck out and Cameron May­bin flied out to end the threat.

One pitch cost right-han­der Alec Mills. BryanReyno­lds golfed a three-run home run to right field in a four-run third that would prove to be all the Pirates would need. Mills al­lowed four runs and seven hits in five in­nings.

‘‘We had some chances to add some runs early on and didn’t do that,’’ man­ager David Ross said. ‘‘That’ll catch up to you at some point. Alec threw the ball pretty well, I thought. That [home run] hurt him.’’

Happ leaves with bruised eye

There might not be a more ir­re­place­able player on the Cubs this sea­son than switch-hit­ting cen­ter fielder Ian Happ. He has been a rev­e­la­tion at the top of the lineup.

The Cubs, how­ever, lost Happ in the fourth in­ning af­ter he took a foul ball off of his right eye. He fouled off a 1-2 pitch from Pirates starter JT Brubaker in front of home plate, and the ball bounced straight up and hit him as he was fin­ish­ing his swing.

Happ was dazed and im­me­di­ately went down to a knee as he was at­tended to by trainer PJ Mainville. Af­ter get­ting back to his feet, he left the game and was taken for X-rays, which were neg­a­tive. He was di­ag­nosed with a bruise over his right eye.

Happ leads the Cubs in bat­ting av­er­age, hits, dou­bles, RBI, walks and OPS and is tied for the team lead in home runs.

AP

The Cubs’ Ian Happ is ex­am­ined by trainer PJ Mainville af­ter foul­ing a ball off his face in the fourth in­ning Thurs­day.

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