Manager Joe Maddon had a quick summary of why the Cubs were swept by the Pirates.
“That’s two days in a row we’ve just got to do a better job in the latter part of the game protecting leads,” Maddon said.
On Saturday, Jake Arrieta and a four-run first gave the Cubs a good chance to beat the Pirates. On Sunday, Jon Lester threw seven scoreless innings and was in line for his first victory of the season after Tommy La Stella’s go-ahead double in the seventh.
But like the day before, when the Pirates scored five in the seventh, the bullpen imploded in a 6-1 loss that dropped the Cubs’ record to 6-6. The bullpen allowed three runs in the eighth and three in the ninth.