Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Chicago Cubs, 2-1

Here's one of the biggest problems for the Cubs -- Carlos Zambrano is huge.


That's right, if the suspended pitcher were a troubled, angry but mid-sized player -- like, oh, Milton Bradley comes to mind -- he might be controllable in the dugout, in the clubhouse, in the organization. (Not that Bradley was.)

If his nickname were Little Z or Wee-Z, maybe things would be different.

But the thick-necked Zambrano is 6-5 and immense and riddled with fast-twitch f...

Good pitching

Starter Randy Wells gave up a run and three hits in six innings. The Pirates didn't score against John Grabow and Brian Schlitter (two strikeouts in his major-league debut), but Andrew Cashner was charged with a run in the ninth after he gave up a single to Ryan Doumit, who scored on Jose Tabata's double off Carlos Marmol.
Bucs go boom

Pirates second baseman Bobby Crosby left the game with concussion-like symptoms after colliding with right fielder Las...

When: 8:05 PM ET, Monday, June 28, 2010
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Temperature: 76°
Umpires: Home - Dan Iassogna, 1B - Dale Scott, 2B - Jerry Meals, 3B - Mark Wegner
Attendance: 38512

Jose Tabata drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and Paul Maholm was sharp for eight innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates posted a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

With the game knotted 1-1, Andrew Cashner (0-2) allowed a single, a sacrifice bunt and...