Chicago-Pittsburgh: Cubs Win Fifth Straight

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Chicago-Pittsburgh: Cubs Win Fifth Straight
Matt Morris took one for the team, as the Pirates starter spent seven innings on the mound, despite giving up a five-spot in the sixth. He threw 112 pitches before yielding to Evan Meek.

Jon Lieber was the hero for the Cubs. Both teams' bullpens were wiped-out in the 15 inning game last night, and Rich Hill took 72 pitches to get through three innings. Lou double-switched Pie out with Hill, moving Reed Johnson into the 9th spot.

There was some displeasure expressed by a few over at ACB, prompting this post by Maddog. I do think it is tough on the guy to bat eighth, but I don't think the double-switch was punishment or a lack of confidence in Felix.

Lieber ended up working into the 8th inning, and Howry and Wood polished it off. No save for Woody, but some good work before the short flight to Philly.

Given the situation and the need to leave Lieber in, the double-switch was a necessity. Despite Pie's weak performance, Lou didn't do it for any other reason than the short 'pen. Pittsburgh got what they needed from Morris, Hill wilted during his warm-ups.

Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Geovany Soto's second career four hit game.

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