Thursday, August 11, 2005


August 11th, 1986

Pirates and Cubs Finish Game

You probably don't remember this, but waaaaay back at the end of April I wrote about a Pirates-Cubs game that had to be suspended at Wrigley Field on account of darkness. That game was picked up today, with the Pirates coming to bat in the top of the fourteenth. Steve Trout entered the game for the Cubs and retired the Pirates in order in both the fourteenth and fifteenth and while his Pittsburgh counterpart Barry Jones wasn't quite as effective--he allowed a walk in one inning and a double in the other--he also made it through to the sixteenth untouched.

In the sixteenth the Cubs brought in Frank DiPino who continued the good work out of the Cubs' pen by allowing just a two-out R.J. Reynolds single. In their half of the inning the Cubs loaded the bases with just one out against Jones but failed to produce the sac fly that would have won the game as Jody Davis struck out and Bob Dernier made out to third. In the seventeenth, the Pirates scored a pair of runs on a single by a pinch hitting rookie of whom you've probably heard, Barry Bonds. Jones held the lead with a flourish in the bottom half of the inning, retiring the Cubs in order on strikeouts.

The official game time was listed as six hours and nine minutes, an impressive feat in its own right. It is even more so however, when one considered the real game time was six hours, nine minutes and more than three months.

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