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.
The Pirates' offense wasn't much better, striking out six times and walking only once, but they squeezed a run in the second on an RBI single by Rod Barajas.