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Pirates and Cubs game suspended in 3-3 tie

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This afternoon's game was suspended due to rain with a score of 3-3 in the seventh inning. The game will be completed tomorrow at 3:00pm Eastern.

I'm grateful for the suspension, because this one didn't feel like it was going to end well. Josh Harrison led off with a double in the first and came home later in the the inning on Luis Valbuena's throwing error, but after a third-inning rain delay, the Cubs scored twice, first on a sacrifice fly and then on a throwing error by Josh Harrison that looked like an Alvarez special. In the fourth, though, the Bucs tied the game on Jose Tabata's RBI double, and then Harrison helped make up for his mistake, doubling home Tabata to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead.

That's where things got weird. Vance Worley struck out Javier Baez and Jorge Soler in the fifth but didn't look like himself at all, throwing some complete meatballs that Baez and Soler didn't manage to hit and benefiting from some erratic strike calls. That Worley struggled to throw quality strikes was understandable, given the delay; he shouldn't have been out there. He put two runners on that inning via walks, and then Clint Hurdle left him in to face Chris Valaika, who singled home a run to tie the game.

Then there was a Tabata TOOTBLAN in the sixth, and you could see the wheels starting to fall off. Fortunately, Jared Hughes got through the bottom half of the inning without incident, and Mother Nature took care of the rest. The Pirates will get to press the reset button (well, mostly; they'll have one out in their half of the seventh) tomorrow afternoon.