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What Was Cubs Manager Lou Piniella Thinking Last Night?

Published by on May 26, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Last night, the Chicago Cubs fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field for their eighth straight loss. Ryan Dempster, Chicago’s starting pitcher, was roughed up for six runs in just four innings of work.  In the bottom half of the fourth inning, Bobby Scales pinch-hit for Dempster and flew out to right field. That’s where things got interesting.

Relief pitcher Jose Ascanio came in to pitch the top of the fifth inning, where he was due up fourth in the next inning. Ascanio had a rough inning, giving up three straight one-out hits before getting out of the jam.

In the bottom of the fifth, with the Cubs up one, Micah Hoffpauir walked to lead off the inning. Piniella then had Ryan Freel, batting i...

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