May 25, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Rod Barajas (26) and relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan (52) celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The Pirates' run of great pitching continued, as the Pirates held off the Cubs, 1-0, on Friday.
A.J. Burnett got through 5.1 scoreless innings, striking out six and walking two, and four relievers finished out the shutout, striking out six batters of their own. Jason Grilli struck out the side in the seventh, meaning (as someone pointed out to me on Twitter) that he now has seven straight strikeouts. The Cubs had 10 hits, and mounted rallies in the fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth, but never managed to score.