Cubs Drop Out of First Place

Pittsburgh series' win keeps things interesting in the NL Central
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Sep 10, 2007 3:43 AM CDT
Pittsburgh Pirates Freddy Sanchez hits a triple with the bases loaded as Chicago Cubs catcher Jason Kendall catches in the second inning of the baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. Sanchez...   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Freddy Sanchez' second-inning bases-loaded triple yesterday propelled a Pirates victory over the Cubs, 10-5. The loss allowed Milwaukee to take sole possession of first place in a congested, bumbling National League Central that Chicago had led since August 17. Call-up outfielder Nyjer Morgan continued to impress with three RBIs and a circus catch.

 "Look, this loss isn't life or death," said Chicago manager Lou Piniella, who tried to downplay the result. "We're behind, I understand. One game in the standings? If we play well enough, we'll have a chance to get back on top. If we don't, it's not going to matter."